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ADHD Seminars

Psychoeducation-based group for parents of children ages 4 to 12 years old with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Online – All seminars are held on ZOOM
Once a month on Mondays, 5:30 PM – 7 PM

4 – 12 years

Free

All referrals are welcome, including self-referrals

Group

ADD/ADHD

Must have a child (ages 4 – 12) with an ADHD diagnosis or are in the process of having this assessed

Autism and Developmental Services

We offer Free OAP and fee-based autism services for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder. Our services are flexible and responsive to individual needs.

Various Scarborough locations
Hours vary

Age eligibility vary by program

Fees vary by program. Many programs are free funded by the OAP. Contact us for more details.

Referral details vary

Adults, After School, Day Program, Group, …

Autism, Developmental Disability

Eligibility criteria vary by program

Babies Best Start / Healthy Babies Healthy Children

Babies’ Best Start at Strides Toronto provides in-home support to families in the prenatal stage or with young children (0 – 3 years).

325 Milner Avenue, Suite 110
Scarborough, ON

Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM
*With flexibility based on client needs

0 – 3 years

Free

All referrals are welcome, including self-referrals from parents

Community

Child Development, Mental Health, Parenting, Skill Development…

Circle of Security® Parent Group

Strides Toronto\’s Circle of Security® Parent Group helps parents to develop understanding of their child\’s needs and confidence in parenting.

Online – Zoom Meetings
Days and hours vary by groups. Contact us for details.

N/A

Free

No referral required

Group

Communication Skills, Mental Health, Parenting, Skill Development…

Parents with a child aged 0 – 6 years

Community Counselling

Our Community Counselling program helps children, youth and their families understand, overcome and manage personal problems and/or mental health issues.

1200 Markham Road, Suite 200, Scarborough
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM

12 – 18 years

Free

Referral required

Family Therapy, Individual Therapy

Abuse, Behaviour Difficulty, Mental Health

Youth and their family members/caregivers

Community Support

The Community Support program delivers flexible early intervention mental health services that are responsive to unmet needs of children and their families.

Various community locations
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM
* Evenings and weekends as required

0 – 12 years

Free

No referral required

Community, Workshops

Behaviour Difficulty, Child Development, Mental Health, Parenting…

Families with children under 12 years of age

Day Treatment – Children

The Day Treatment – Children program is an intensive therapeutic classroom setting for children experiencing social, emotional or behavioural issues.

Location details in program description
Monday – Friday, 8:45 AM – 3 PM
*Follows the mainstream school schedule

4 – 12 years

Free

Referral required

Day Program, Family Therapy, School

Behaviour Difficulty, Life Skills, Mental Health, School, …

Day Treatment – Youth

The Day Treatment Youth program provides an educational setting combined with therapy that helps young people to deal with a variety of problems.

Location details in program description
Monday – Friday, 8:45 AM – 3 PM
*Follows the mainstream school schedule

12 – 18 years

Free

All referrals are welcome, including self-referrals from youth or family

Day Program, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, Intensive, …

Behaviour Difficulty, Life Skills, Mental Health, School, …

Eligibility details in program description

Every Child Belongs Child Care Consultation

Child Care Consultation provides services to licensed child care related to children with extra support needs and their families.

Licensed child care centres and home child care agencies in Scarborough
Service provided during the hours of child care centre operation

0 – 12 years

Free

Referral required

Child Care, Day Care

Autism, Behaviour Difficulty, Child Care, Child Development, …

Licensed child care supervisors or home child care agency requesting staff support or training opportunities related to extra support needs and inclusive environments

Facing Your Fears

The Facing Your Fears program provides children with the skills for them to be able to successfully cope in a variety of anxiety-provoking situations.

325 Milner Avenue, Suite 110, Scarborough
Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM

7 – 12 years

Free

No referral required

Group

Communication Skills, Mental Health, Parenting, Skill Development…

Children aged 6 – 12 years

Family Counselling

Family Counselling at Strides Toronto helps families get an understanding of their concerns and to enhance problem solving skills with a trained therapist.

325 Milner Avenue, Suite 110, Scarborough
2206 Eglinton Ave E., Suite 140, Scarborough

Monday – Friday
• Daytime: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
• After school: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
• Evening: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

4 – 12 years

Free

No referral required

Family Therapy, Infant and Child

Behaviour Difficulty, Communication Skills, Mental Health, Parenting…

Children aged 4 – 12 years

Gender Based Violence Program

Free support to individuals who are at risk of being involved in human trafficking or those who have been involved in the sex trade

1200 Markham Road, Suite 301, Scarborough
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM

12 – 29 years

Free

Both self-referrals and agency referrals accepted

Case Management, Individual Therapy, Intensive

Abuse, Anti-Human Trafficking, Behaviour Difficulty, Budgeting, …

Force, fraud, coercion, circumstantial and consensual sex workers

Growing Healthy Together – Parenting

The Growing Healthy Together – Parenting program provides supports to families and helps them find positive ways to raise healthy, happy children.

• Community locations
• Family homes
• Virtual

Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM
* Some evenings as required

0 – 6 years

Free

All referrals are welcome, including self-referrals

Community, Family Home Visiting, Group

Child Development, Parenting

Families with children under 6 years of age

Growing Healthy Together – Prenatal

The Growing Healthy Together – Prenatal program offers prenatal and nutrition information, healthy snacks, and peer support to pregnant individuals experiencing risk factors.

Various community locations, see program description for details
Hours vary based on location, see program description for details

Pregnant individuals

Free

All referrals are welcome, including self-referrals

Group

Nutrition, Postnatal, Prenatal

Pregnant individuals living in Scarborough

Help Ahead

Help Ahead is a free referral phone service that connects infants, children, youth up to 18 years old and their families to mental health and…

Virtual
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 7 PM
Saturday, 9 AM – 5 PM

0 – 18 years

Free

All referrals are welcome, including self-referrals from youth and family members

Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, Infant and Child

Abuse, Autism, Behaviour Difficulty, Developmental Disability, …

Infants, children, youth up to 18 years old and their families

Infant Mental Health Program

Strides Toronto\’s Infant Mental Health program offers a variety of family-focused, mental health assessment and treatment to families living in Scarborough.

325 Milner Avenue, Scarborough
Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 8 PM

0 – 3 years

Free

All referrals are welcome, including self-referrals from parents

Family Therapy, Infant and Child, Psychiatric

Abuse, Behaviour Difficulty, Child Welfare, Mental Health, …

Parents with young children under the age of 3 years who are concerned about their children’s behaviour

Intensive Child and Family Services

Our Intensive Child and Family Service is offered to children and their caregivers who are experiencing social, emotional, and/or behavioural challenges that interfere with their…

• Homes
• Community locations
• Strides office – 325 Milner Avenue, Suite 110, Scarborough

Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 8 PM

0 – 12 years

Free

All referrals are welcome, including self-referrals

Family Therapy, Intensive

Behaviour Difficulty, Child Welfare, Communication Skills, Mental Health, …

Intake will help determine if Intensive Services is the most appropriate service or if there is an alternate service that may better meet your needs

Live-In Treatment – Betty’s Place

Live-in treatment at Strides Toronto is an intensive, therapeutic, 24/7 care and treatment program for children who have been unable to adequately function in a…

Location is within the south/west Scarborough area
Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

6 – 12 years

Free

Referral required. Referrals are made through Help Ahead Central Point of Intake

Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, Intensive, Psychiatric…

Abuse, ADD/ADHD, Behaviour Difficulty, Child Development, …

Children living with mental health, social and behavioural difficulties or low-high average cognitive functioning

Live-in Treatment – The Megan Residence

Our Live-In Treatment Program is a volunteer program offered to young people who are coping with an array of psychological, emotional, and/or behavioural challenges.

The Megan Residence
Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

12 – 18 years

Free

Referral required.
Referral must be made by a service coordinator or mental health professional through Help Ahead Central Point of Intake.

Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, Intensive

Abuse, Behaviour Difficulty, Child Welfare, Life Skills, …

Youth coping with psychological, emotional, and/or behavioural challenges

Newcomer Youth Engagement Program

The Newcomer Youth Engagement Program is for youth ages 12 to 21 who are immigrants to Canada and are permanent residents or conventional refugees.

1200 Markham Road, Suite 313, Scarborough
Hours vary based on monthly schedule.
Check out our calendar!

12 – 21 years

Free

No referral required

After School, Drop-in, Youth Programming

Immigration, Skill Development, Socializing

Must be a permanent resident or conventional refugee
*Please bring your ID when you drop in.

One Stop Talk/Parlons Maintenant

One Stop Talk provides single-session counselling support and ensures direct referral to additional services when needed.

Virtual
Monday – Friday, 12 PM – 8 PM
Saturday, 12 PM – 4 PM

0 – 17 years

Free

No referral required

Infant and Child

Mental Health

Children and Youth, Parents/Caregivers

Preschool Speech and Language Program

The Preschool Speech and Language Program at Strides Toronto provides support to preschool children in need of speech and language services.

325 Milner Avenue, Suite 110, Scarborough
*See full program description for satellite locations

Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM
*Limited services available on Saturdays and Weekdays, between 8 AM – 9 AM and 5 PM – 6 PM

0 – 4 years

Free

All referrals are welcome, including self-referrals

Infant and Child, Preschool

Autism, Child Development, Communication Skills, Developmental Disability, …

If you live in Toronto, you can refer your child until May 31 of the year they are eligible to start Junior Kindergarten.

Priority Access for Child Welfare (PACW)

Priority Access for Child Welfare (PACW) provides intensive family therapy to children and youth that are at-risk of being placed in child welfare.

• Strides office – 1200 Markham Rd., Suite 200
• Child Welfare agency office
• Community
• Home (occasionally)

Monday – Thursday, 9 AM – 8 PM
Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM

Children: 6 – 12 years | Youth: 12 – 18 years

Free

Referral required

Family Therapy, Intensive

Behaviour Difficulty, Child Welfare, Life Skills, Mental Health, …

Children and Youth,
Family members/caregivers
No health card needed

Priority Access for Students (PAS)

The Priority Access for Students (PAS) Program provides individual and family focused counselling services as well as case management for TDSB and TCDSB students and…

1200 Markham Road, Suite 200, Scarborough
Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 8 PM

5 – 18 years

Free

Referral required.
Referrals are made by TDSB and TCDSB school social workers to Strides Toronto.

Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, Intensive, School…

Behaviour Difficulty

TDSB and TCDSB students and their family members

Respect in Schools Everywhere (RiSE) Program

The RiSE Program is a youth-led, school-based violence prevention and mentorship program for grades 9 – 12 students at selected schools.

David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM

High School Grade 9 – 12

Free

No referral required

Community, Day Program, In School Program, Peer-driven, …

Communication Skills, Community Awareness, LGBT, Mental Health, …

Grades 9 – 12 students attending selected school(s)

Scarborough Youth Wellness Hub

Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario is an initiative that aims to bring the right services to youth and their families at the right time and in…

1200 Markham, Suite 313, Scarborough
Monday – Friday
Mon. & Thu. | 2 PM – 8 PM
*Walk-in available. Last appointment at 6:30 PM
Tue. Wed. Fri. | 9 AM – 5 PM
*Contact us to book an appointment

12 – 25 years

Free

No referral required

Drop-in, Youth Programming

Abuse, Employment, Housing, Legal, …

Youth and their families

Slaight Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Program

Children, youth up to age 18, their mental health professional and families can access psychiatric consultation via video conferencing at a location that is the…

The DBT program is offered both at Strides Toronto and SHN.
25 Week Program, Hours Vary

14 – 24 years

Free

Referral required.
Family physician referral is required. Please visit your family doctor to discuss a referral to the Slaight DBT Program.

Mental Health and/or Addictions

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Relationships

Youth living in Scarborough with complex mental health conditions

Studio 2 Multimedia Program

The Studio 2 Multimedia Program supports youth in the development of multimedia skills with an emphasis on media literacy, employability skills and mental health.

1200 Markham Road, Suite 313, Scarborough
Hours vary based on monthly schedule

12 – 24 years

Free

No referral required

After School, Community, Group, Youth Programming, …

Communication Skills, Community, Multimedia, Skill Development, …

Youth interested in multimedia and storytelling

Targeted Prevention

Targeted Prevention is a collaborative program with the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board to offer mental health services that meet…

Community
Service is available during school hours and in evenings and weekends as required

N/A

Free

Referral required.
Referrals are made by school social workers and/or school principals.

Community, School

Mental Health

Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board Elementary schools in Scarborough

The Zone Youth Space

The Zone Youth Space is a place where youth can come to create, connect, learn and inspire!

1200 Markham Road, Suite 313, Scarborough
Vary based on monthly schedule

12 – 24 years

Free

No referral required

After School, Drop-in, Youth Programming

LGBT, Multimedia, Socializing

Youth

Toronto East Youth Wellness Hub

At Toronto East Youth Wellness Hub, we aim to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where youth can access support, connect with peers, and engage…

815 Danforth Ave, 3rd Floor, Toronto
(Co-located with WoodGreen Community Services’ Youth Wellness Centre)

Monday – Friday
Mon. Tue. | 9 AM – 5 PM (Virtual)
Wed. & Thur. | 11 AM – 7 PM (In Person)
Fri. | 9 AM – 5 PM (In Person)

12 – 25 years

Free

No referral required

Drop-in, Youth Programming

Abuse, Employment, Housing, Legal, …

Youth and their families

Triple P

The Triple P program aims to prevent severe behavioural, emotional and developmental problems in children by enhancing the knowledge, skills and confidence of parents.

325 Milner Avenue, Suite 110, Scarborough
Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 8 PM

6 – 12 years

Free

No referral required

Group

Behaviour Difficulty, Child Development, Parenting

Families with children aged 6 – 12 years old

Urban Tele-Mental Health Service

Children, youth up to age 18, their mental health professional and families can access psychiatric consultation via video conferencing at a location that is the…

Virtual
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM

0 – 18 years

Free

Referral required.
Referral must be completed by a service provider with the youth and family.
All referral forms must be faxed to 647-689-2788.

Intensive, Psychiatric

ADD/ADHD, Autism, Behaviour Difficulty, Child Development, …

Children and youth living within the City of Toronto

Volunteer Readiness Program

The Volunteer Readiness Program provides community service hours towards high school or probation. No prior volunteer or work experience necessary.

1200 Markham Road, Suite 313, Scarborough
Tuesdays, 4 PM – 6 PM during the school year
Tuesdays, 2 PM – 6 PM during the summer months

14 – 21 years

Free

All referrals are welcome, including self-referrals from youth

After School, Youth Programming

Communication Skills, Community Service/Volunteer Hours, LGBT, Skill Development, …

Youth looking for community service for graduation and other requirements

What’s Up Walk-In

Immediate virtual and in-person mental health counselling for children, youth, young adults and their families, and families with infants

In-person: 1200 Markham Road, Suite 200, Scarborough
Virtual: Call 416-438-3697, press 1 and then enter ext. 12230 for reception

See program description for details

0 – 29 years

Free

No referral required

After School, Drop-in, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, …

Abuse, Behaviour Difficulty, LGBT, Mental Health, …

Individuals aged 0 – 29 years old and their caregivers

Youth In Transition (YIT) Program

The Youth in Transition Program helps support youth transitioning from the child welfare sector into adulthood.

1200 Markham Road, Suite 313, Scarborough
Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM

16 – 24 years

Free

All referrals are welcome once youth has given consent
*Helpful to youth if they are referred 3-6 months before transitioning out of care

Adults, Bilingual Services (French), Case Management, Community, …

Anti-Human Trafficking, Bilingual Services (French), Case Management, Child Welfare, …

Youth Outreach Worker (YOW) Program

The Youth Outreach Worker Program is an initiative for at-risk youth ages 12 to 21 years old and their families in East Toronto.

1200 Markham Road, Suite 313, Scarborough
Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 7 PM
*Hours and days are flexible to meet the needs of youth and their families

12 – 21 years

Free

No referral required

Community, Group, Individual Therapy, Services Referral…

Behaviour Difficulty, Communication Skills, Employment, Housing, …

Youth and their families