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Lansdowne Children’s Centre opens new offices

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At a time when many health-care facilities are on hold while they focus on COVID-19, Lansdowne Children’s Centre in Norfolk and Haldimand has become stronger and is providing more direct care to clients where they live.

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Sept. 24 was an eventful day for the Lansdowne Children’s Centre in the local area, which was established at Norfolk General Hospital in 1997.

The centre, which supports children with serious physical and developmental challenges from birth to adulthood, relocated to the EarlyON Child and Family Centre on Colborne Street North in 2007.

On Friday, staff in Simcoe cut the ribbon on a new storefront across the street. Later in the day, Lansdowne also dedicated new offices in Caledonia and Dunnville.

“What you have done during this pandemic is a feat,” Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp said at a ribbon-cutting at the new Simcoe location at 11 Colborne St. North. “Nothing over the past year-and-a-half has been easy. I wish you the best of luck in your new locations.”

Lansdowne Children’s Centre serves more than 3,000 young people in Norfolk County, Haldimand County, Brant County, Six Nations of the Grand River, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation territory. The centre’s office in Brantford is located on Mount Pleasant Street.

Lansdowne clients learn to cope with a number of different challenges, ranging from speech impediments to more serious conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, brain injury, muscular dystrophy, autism and other developmental-delay syndromes.

“Dedicated teams at four locations closer to home is good news for Haldimand and Norfolk families,” executive director Rita-Marie Hadley said in a statement.

“Together with partner agencies and educators, we collaborate to help kids live their best lives.”

A total of 250 pediatric professionals are part of the Lansdowne rehabilitation network. Services include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and social work.

Hadley stresses that early intervention produces the best outcomes for challenged children. Families that believe they may benefit from Lansdowne’s services can learn more by calling 519-753-3153 ext. 206.

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