About OAICD

OAICD is an affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health

Here you will find information about the Association and the Associated Programs in the Province.

PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES OF PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES

Programs are designed to serve infants and young children who are at risk for developmental delay and their families. The target populations include:

  • established risk (diagnosed disorder);
  • biological risk (early events which may affect an infant's development); and
  • psychosocial risk (vulnerabilities which may be magnified by environmental factors) which accompanies established or biological risk

In 2001, the mandate of infant development programs changed to include children to age 5. The change enabled continued service to some families whose children don't qualify for other preschool services and allows infant development programs to enhance existing resource programs and to enable better transition to school. The enhanced mandate allows for differences in programs based on local differences. As there are differences, contact programs directly regarding their particular mode of service delivery.