Resources for Children and Youth Services

General Information and Forms

Family Resources:

  • Muskoka Family Network – A network for families and friends touched by a disability to come together. It is all about connecting with other families.
  • Fem’aide – A provincial helpline for Francophone women dealing with violence.

Child and Youth Mental Health

Resources to support Child and Youth Mental Health:

  • Mental Health Crisis Line for Children and Youth – 1.844.287.9072 (Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across Muskoka, Nipissing and Parry Sound).
  • Kids Help Phone – 1.800.668.6868. (For children and youth between the ages of 5 and 20. Provides professional counseling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being. Phone and online via web post or live chat Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Free, anonymous and confidential).
  • Good2Talk – 1.866.925.5454 (For people between the ages of 17-25; post-secondary students in Ontario. Provides professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being. Free, confidential and anonymous helpline. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Ontario Distress Centres (All ages – A free telephone help-line for people experiencing emotional distress (including suicide). Provide listening and referral services primarily through highly trained volunteers. Most centres are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Ontario Autism Program

Resources to support families as part of the Ontario Autism Program (OAP):

Tip sheets are brief summaries of information that can be provided to help families understand a variety of themes that are relevant to their child/youth’s development or Family Service Plan.

Tip sheets that are available for distribution are:

At Hands, we understand that parents and caregivers may worry if their toddler/preschooler has some form of developmental delay.

The following “red flags” may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child shows any of the following signs, please speak with Hands, your pediatrician or family doctor as soon as possible:

  • Not responding to sounds, voices, or name
  • Poor eye contact
  • No social smiling by 6 months
  • Unusual attachment to or use of toys/objects
  • Not showing items or sharing interests
  • No babbling, pointing, meaningful gestures by 12 months
  • Any loss of speech or social skills
  • No two-word phrases by 24 months
  • No use of single words by 16 months