The Richmond Infant Development Program (IDP) provides support to families with infants from birth to 3 years old who are:
- at risk for developmental delay,
- have a developmental delay,
- or have an identified condition/diagnosis which may result in a developmental delay
IDP is a family-centred program that regards each child and family as unique and believes that parents/caregivers know their child best.
IDP Consultants are professionals who support the parent-child relationship and are trained to assist parents in understanding and responding to their baby’s needs. Referrals are made by parents, physicians, public health nurses and other community professionals.
Infant Development Program services include:
- Home visits to encourage your child’s progress through play-based activities
- Parent/caregiver support in your first language*
- Assistance in understanding and responding to your child’s needs
- Education in typical and atypical development, and disabilities
- Screening tools such as questionnaires and developmental assessments to determine your child’s strengths and needs
- Written reports and records documenting your child’s ongoing progress
- Toy and book-lending library
- Connections with other available services and community professionals
- Help including your child in community activities
- Support for families in advocating for their child
*Services are currently available in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
Children can be referred to the Infant Development Program through a professional or through a self-referral. Click here for our online Referral Form.