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.
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!
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
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.
The staff at Silver Creek see the children as a ‘whole child’ i.e. well beyond any special needs that they might have, and see them as individuals with lots of strengths in different ways. For me, I have learned that the more work I can put into helping my child, the more she will be able to achieve her goals, and they can be small goals so we can celebrate success often. You are a very special group of people and you have definitely made a huge positive impact in our lives.
I am always in awe at the great variety and quality of the activities that your staff bring to the outdoor space. The range of activities and the attention to detail is quite a feat. Amazing really. Thank you for all that you do.
Polly Sutton, Mother of Ethan
The staff at Silver Creek are a very special group of professionals who I find care deeply for the children they work with while at the same time pushing them to excel and surpass expectations often placed on children with disabilities. Thank you, Silver Creek!
My son Aleksander currently attends Silver Creek. My only disappointment is that we didn’t discover Silver Creek sooner. The amount of love, kindness and support he has received has surpassed all my expectations. The staff and other children never fail to put a smile on both our faces. Every child and staff member will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
Mother of Silver Creek Student
Silver Creek has given my son the tools that are necessary to succeed in school, and in life. Their patience and love have guided my son to develop in ways that words can’t describe. He is a confident individual who thrives on challenges and I thank Silver Creek for that. Actually, I thank all the members of Silver Creek for all they have done. It is truly a great place to be.
The staff at Silver Creek are some of the most gifted teachers that I have met and while showing such love and compassion for all their students, they also have the unique ability to push students out of their comfort zone to help them excel in all areas of development.
I will never forget the impact that Silver Creek had on our family and more importantly Piero’s success in transitioning into mainstream school. Always a challenge but without a doubt you and your team made all the unknowns not as daunting as them seemed.