Jordan’s Principle: Child First Initiative
St.Amant supports First Nations children, youth and families to reach their goals and to live as full members of their communities. Services are available to First Nations children and youth up to age 21, who have a suspected or confirmed developmental disability or complex medical needs. Services are provided to child and youth who live either on- or off-reserve. We provide services in First Nations communities. There is no cost for any of our services. All services are entirely voluntary and families may end the service at any time.
We strongly believe that all children belong with their families, in their culture, and in their communities. St.Amant is committed to providing services in a way that is respectful, holistic, person- and family-centred.
St.Amant also offers training to families and community members at no cost.
- Jordan’s Principle Referral Form
- Consent for Exchange of Information Form
- Fact Sheet
- Education Request form
Nurse consultants can offer education and assessment services to children, families/primary caregivers, and anyone else supporting the family.
The nurses will work with health care providers who are already involved with the family.
Services include but are not limited to:
- Advocacy for children with intellectual or developmental disabilities;
- Seizure identification and response training;
- Enteral tube feed teaching and training;
- Diabetes management;
- Blood glucose monitoring;
- Specialized teaching for management of specific diseases such as asthma
Psychology – Behavioural Services
Behavioural Services aims to replace behaviours that concern the family/support network with more positive behaviours.
People are often referred to Behavioural Services because they engage in challenging behaviours, which can include: aggression towards others (e.g., hitting, hair-pulling), self-injurious behaviours (e.g., hitting one’s own head, scratching one’s own skin), disruptive behaviours (e.g., yelling, crying), and noncompliance (e.g., refusing to participate in personal care).
We work together with the family or support network to understand the purpose of the challenging behaviour, and develop, implement and monitor behaviour intervention strategies.
Family Care Social Work
We work with families in complex situations to care for and support their child and to enhance the family’s quality of life and functioning. Our Social Workers understand and respect that
families are experts on their own experiences.
We begin with an in-depth assessment. This helps the Social Worker better understand the family, their challenges they have faced, and their priorities. Together, the Social Worker and family set goals and make plans to reach them.
Together, we identify the family’s strengths and needs. We encourage greater independence, informed choices, increased coping skills, stronger relationships, and a greater sense of well-being. This program generally works with families up to 18 months.
Our Counselling Services are for people or families who have been touched by developmental disabilities or autism. We help people and families understand themselves better, heal past harms, and create opportunities for the future. It is an opportunity to work through the challenges of life. Some of the issues we work with include:
- Impact of disability on a person and their family members
- Grief and loss
- Family dynamics (such as between parents or siblings)
Dietitian Services– Jordan’s Principle Child First Initiative
Dietitians at St.Amant have a special focus on supporting people who have developmental disabilities and autism. Dietitians are trained to provide advice and counselling about diet, food and nutrition. They can help people make healthy food choices and offer healthy suggestions for families, daycares and schools. Dietitians support families to use affordable and available foods in a creative, healthy way. They encourage the use of traditional foods when possible, and work with families to understand their unique needs. Dietitians can support concerns surrounding picky or problem eating; specialized diets for conditions such as Prader-Willi Syndrome and Down Syndrome; bowel health; meal planning for children with food allergies or food intolerances; uncontrolled chronic conditions such as diabetes, celiac disease, kidney disease, or cardiovascular disease; and guidance for weight gain or weight loss.
We provide the cognitive and adaptive functioning testing required by Community Living disABILITY Services (CLdS) to determine eligibility for provincially-funded adult disability services.
This service will mainly benefit youth in care of CFS who are between the ages of 16 and 18 who are expected to live off-reserve following their 18th birthday.
Referrals can be made by Jordan’s Principle Case Managers and Service Coordinators, staff from schools and other specialized staff clinical or other staff from service providers including Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC), Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre, Frontier School Division, Rehabilitation Centre for Children, St.Amant, and community health or social service staff.
A completed Jordan’s Principle – Child First Initiative Referral Form can be faxed to St.Amant Central Intake at 204-258-7065.
Once St.Amant receives the referral, our Intake Administrator will contact the referring agent to confirm receipt of the referral. The referral may need to be placed on a waitlist, however referring agents are encouraged to advise if they feel the individual or family should be prioritized for services.
St.Amant clinicians work as part of a team with other professionals or care providers.
St.Amant Central Intake