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What are Adult Developmental Clinical Services?

We offer a range of specialized professional services that are designed to address the unique needs of adults with developmental disabilities. Services include assessment, intervention, and education for clients and their primary caregivers or supports.

Our services aim to promote the well-being, autonomy, and quality of life of adults with disabilities. Our team of professionals will help you meet your goals by understanding your individual needs and creating a plan to support you.

Clinical services are provided within the regions of Muskoka, Nipissing, and Parry Sound, and across 800,000 square kilometres of Northern Ontario through partnerships with other developmental service agencies. This network of support provides access to qualified, regulated professionals, including in rural and remote communities.



Clinical Services for Adults

How can Adult Developmental Clinical Services help me?

Our multidisciplinary team of clinicians will work you and your identified supports to develop treatment plans that focus on your strengths, needs, and goals.

We offer services in the following areas:

  • Social wellbeing
  • Communication
  • Relationship skills
  • Sexuality
  • Healthy living and aging
  • Life skill development
  • Behaviour
  • Sensory processing and functional skills

Group Learning and Intervention

Join us for our upcoming groups to develop and build skills, try new activities, and practice new strategies with others.

Learn more about our Adult Clinical Groups.

Our Team

Our experienced multidisciplinary team works exclusively with adults with developmental disabilities.  The team is always learning and developing their skills to make sure our clients receive the highest quality clinical services that are based on the best available practice research and standards.

Our team includes these professional roles:

  • Social Worker
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Developmental Service Practitioners (DSP)
    • Developmental Service Practitioners focus on specific areas, such as Behaviour, Social Wellbeing, Sexuality, Communication, and Occupational Therapy. DSPs often work with or under the clinical supervision of college-regulated healthcare professionals.

How can I get started?

Your first step to accessing our clinical services is applying to Developmental Services Ontario. Developmental Services Ontario is the single point of access for all adult developmental services in Ontario.

Please visit DSOntario.ca to find the office closest to you.

You can also contact us by calling 1-800-668-8555 ext. 1001 or emailing [email protected]. Or visit our Resources page for more information.

If you are a clinician from a partnering agency and have questions about how your organization works with Hands, please contact the Clinical Practice Lead at [email protected].