Silver Creek is committed to the full inclusion of persons with disabilities.
Our 40 year history has been dedicated to providing integrated therapeutic services and early learning experiences so that children are able to acquire the skills that will help them to be successful in a more mainstream community environment. To that end, Silver Creek provides an early education setting where children with disabilities--all types--and typically developing children--all types--learn together. In the Silver Creek environment children with special needs are in the majority. The benefits of this diverse way of learning and engaging with other children are plentiful.
A smaller staff-to-children ratio allows for individualized programming for every child in the group setting. The developmental and educational needs of all children are best met in this way of service provision. There is opportunity in this reversely integrated setting for children with special needs to take the lead, promoting self-reliance and self-esteem. The emphasis on functional independence in our program facilitates increased participation in the home and community. By providing therapeutic interventions such as appropriate seating, mobility devices, and total communication systems, children are able to develop their skills and express their full potential. Silver Creek also employs strategies for behaviour that help children deal with frustrations and challenges.
Silver Creek supports the rights of families to choose the type of early education they feel will best suit their child and family situation.
All children have the right to be cared for in environments that can meet their needs and help them grow and develop to their fullest potential.
It is Silver Creek’s philosophy that integrated therapy and education leads to successful inclusion.
David flourished at Silver Creek and so did I. The staff became my friends and a great emotional support to me. They helped with equipment suggestions, sources of extra funding, and co-ordinating David’s school placement at Sunnyview P.S. Well, David moved on but I stayed. I have been on the Board of Directors since 1998, and President for the past 5 years. Silver Creek is a magical place!
Thank you Silver Creek Pre-School for welcoming me as an observer to your program. I learned so much about paying attention to every little detail in supporting a child who needs assistance in taking small steps to reach their larger goal. The staff at Silver Creek Pre-School are very special professionals who demonstrate how precious life is to our little children.
Sheri Robb, Special Needs Consultant
Since Xavier has been diagnosed with Sandhoff disease, my family’s lives have been turned upside down. It has been difficult for us to find a place for our family in the community. And then we found Silver Creek, it is like a second home to us. I would love the opportunity to give back to Silver Creek.
My husband and I are so grateful for the wonderful and exceptional team of teachers, therapists and volunteers at Silver Creek. It is inspirational and beautiful to witness daily the love, passion and dedication that they have for each and every child/student, and their professions. They are the very best!
I will never forget the moments when interacting with my children’s teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapist and volunteers how obvious it was they were fulfilling their truest calling in supporting them and all children. I feel profoundly lucky and grateful knowing that my children’s path forward is brighter now because of them.
Maya Dansereau, Mom of Mila and Remy
Thanks to the amazing support at Silver Creek, my daughter has been thriving in all areas. The team there is approachable, professional and incredibly committed. I am so grateful to be working with such a dedicated group of people who are passionate about helping my daughter achieve success.
Everyone at Silver Creek has been extremely compassionate, professional, patient and persistent in helping my child with her activities daily. As a result, my child has made significant improvements in all her developmental areas and in particular, her motor skills.
The things I like about Silver Creek: 1. Playing on the computer 2. Playing dress-up with my friends 3. I like when the teachers read books to me 4. I also liked to spend time with Bill. He used to tell me jokes.They were very, very, very, very funny. 5. My favourite activity was listening to music
Christopher Graci, 4 years old
The staff at Silver Creek have definitely exceeded my expectations in every way. They genuinely care about the children and work tirelessly every day for the benefit of the children. They also have a wealth of knowledge and have become my trusted advisors whenever I have questions or concerns about my child.
My daughter first attended Silver Creek when she was 2 years old and it was the first time I left her in the care of someone outside our family. The teachers and staff at Silver Creek were so empathetic and understanding and made the process less stressful for both my daughter and myself.