Children’s Services

Children’s Services


Special Services at Home (SSAH) Serving Perth

SSAH provides a variety of respite and in-home  support for families that care for an infant, child or youth (to age 18) with a developmental and/or physical disability. A trained service provider is carefully matched with each family. Each family has their own personal plan identifying areas in which they would like to see their child grow and develop. A service provider is contracted to help implement therapies that are overseen by professionals such as occupational and speech therapists or physiotherapists. They can also assist in including the young person in community activities and developing practical skills.  Flexible support options are available for routine home maintenance, respite and babysitting.  

Respite Care Co-ordination Serving Perth

Respite is a flexible, periodic, short-term break from caregiving to provide rest and renewal for the caregiving family. Caregivers of children under age 18 have time to recharge and the child experiences a positive new environment and new relationships.  A respite service plan will be developed engaging and integrating other supports available. Funds include the Children’s Mental Health Fund, Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program, the Autism Spectrum Disorder Fund  and the Respite Flex Fund.  

Rotary Respite House Serving Perth


Update regarding Rotary Respite House, March 19th, 2020:

In these difficult times, the well-being of you and your family is at the top of our minds

Family Services Perth-Huron has been in regular communication with the Huron Perth District Health Unit and the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services regarding COVID 19.  As of March 19, 2020 Health officials have recommended social distancing or staying home in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:

  • aged 65 and over
  • with compromised immune systems
  • with underlying medical conditions

In response, Rotary Respite House will be closed until April 6, 2020.

The Rotary Respite House is a joint venture between the Rotary Clubs of Perth County and Family Services Perth-Huron. Supports are offered for caregivers, for infants to youth, 18 years of age, with developmental needs along with mental health, physical or complex medical conditions. This warm, barrier-free home-like setting is located at 35 McManus Road, Stratford. Children enjoy activities such as games, movies and crafts. Outings may include swimming and trips to local parks. Respite is offered on weekends, during summer and March Break, as well as at Christmas. The $20.00/ 24 hours or $10.00/ day fee may be subsidized. Visit the Stratford Rotary Club – Rotary Respite House.  

Family Support Worker (FSW) Serving Perth

The Family Support Worker is supportive of families caring for a child with a developmental disability. It provides counselling supports related to the unique challenge of parenting a special needs child. Family life is full of challenges and opportunities. The role of supporting families caring for a child with a developmental disability is as varied as the families themselves. Through a supportive relationship families are listened to, unique needs are sorted out, problem solving occurs, solutions are sourced out and connections are made to much needed services.  

Buddy Up Social Skills Group Serving Perth

Buddy Up is a facilitated group experience for youth, aged 11 to 14, with Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism. Young people learn and practice social skills with their peers.  The youth will develop self-confidence, easing the transition from public school to high school. Please call the Co-ordinator to determine if your child would benefit from this group.