Overview of Careers at Niagara Children’s Centre

Niagara Children’s Centre employees various children’s rehabilitation professionals and support personnel to work with children and families.  We also provide learning opportunities for students.  This section includes information about the various professionals who work at our Centre, employment opportunities and student opportunities. 

The following disciplines are employed at the Centre:


Occupational Therapy

Speech-Language Pathology

Communicative Disorders Assistants

Social Work

Recreation Therapy


Early Childhood Education Resource Teachers

Physicians and Surgeons

Aquatics Instructor/ Lifeguard



More about these Professions at Niagara Children’s Centre


Physiotherapists (PTs) are health care professionals focused on enabling individuals to preserve, develop, and/or restore movement, function, and health.

Physiotherapists at Niagara Children’s Centre offer skills and knowledge to assess a child’s physical abilities and needs, determine movement diagnoses in children, and assess a child’s cardio-respiratory function. They develop interventions to optimize and/or maintain and/or prevent loss of physical and/or cardio-respiratory function.

Physiotherapy is a regulated health care profession in Ontario.

Physiotherapists must be members in good standing, in the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists (OTs) are health care professionals who help children learn or re-learn to manage the every day activities that are important to them.  Occupational therapists at Niagara Children’s Centre help children to develop the skills needed to participate as independently as possible in their daily routines through the use of therapeutic strategies and adapted activities.  Occupational Therapists work directly with children and their caregivers to improve their functional abilities to engage in: 

  • Productivity (for example, printing and play skills)
  • Self Care  (for example feeding, dressing and bathing)
  • Leisure activities (ways to have fun)

Occupational therapy is a regulated health care profession in Ontario.

Occupational Therapists must be must be members in good standing, in the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP’s) are concerned with the prevention, identification, assessment, treatment and (re)habilitation of communication and/or swallowing disorders in children.  At Niagara Children’s Centre Speech-Language Pathologists also provide education to caregivers about speech, language and literacy development.  Speech-Language pathologists work closely with other professionals, sometimes as part of a multidisciplinary team, in providing a coordinated program of care. The areas of communication that a Speech-Language Pathologist assesses and provides intervention may include:

  • Listening and language comprehension (or understanding)
  • Articulation (speech sounds)
  • Language (saying words, connecting ideas, grammar)
  • Social communication (ways in which individuals connect with one another)

Speech-Language Pathology is a regulated health care profession in Ontario.

Speech-Language Pathologists must be must be members in good standing in the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario.

Social Work

Social Workers (SWs) are professionals who are trained to support children and families to cope with the impact of illness, disability and complex health needs.  At Niagara Children’s Centre, social workers have specialized university education and must participate in continued professional learning and skills development.   The role of the Social Workers at Niagara Children’s Centre is to provide information and support regarding services relevant to the child and family.

Social Work is a regulated profession in Ontario.

Social Workers must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s in Social Work and must be members in good standing in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers Social Work

Recreation Therapy

Recreation Therapy recognizes play, leisure, and recreation as fundamental components to achieving a high quality of life.

Therapeutic Recreation can be defined as the application of recreational activities or interventions where the goal is to improve and/or maintain the health, functional capacities, and quality of life our children and their families. Therapeutic Recreation promotes and supports the participation of children with disabilities in recreational activities.  This service assists children with developing leisure skills and knowledge, and works closely with community programs to include children with special needs.

Early Childhood Education-Preschool Resource Teachers

The principle of integration or inclusion guides the provision of services to children and families of Niagara Children’s Centre. This principle requires client integration into community-based services. Early Childhood Education Resource teachers (ECE-RT’s) are professionals who provide specialized supports to ensure that children experience success within a fully integrated child care centre classroom. Such supports may include the development of improved readiness to learn in the following areas:

  • cognitive
  • gross motor
  • fine motor
  • speech and language
  • behavioural
  • social
  • emotional

Early Childhood Education is a regulated profession in Ontario.

Resource Teachers must be members in good standing in the College of Early Childhood Educators.

Physicians and Surgeons

Niagara Children’s Centre medical specialists provide consultation as part of our comprehensive model of care. Orthopedic care is provided to clients of Niagara Children’s Centre who are receiving physiotherapy. An Orthopedic Consultant is a medical doctor and surgeon who has specialty training in the area of orthopedics. Developmental Pediatrics provides diagnostic service to children with social communication difficulties and development delays which may impact the child’s development. The clinic also assists parents and therapists in planning treatment approaches that are timely and appropriate to the diagnosis of the child.

Physicians are regulated health care professions in Ontario. 

Physicians and Surgeons must be members in good standing in the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Aquatics Instructor/ Life Guard

Niagara Children’s Centre maintains an accessible, heated, salt-water pool.  Our aquatic services provide both therapy in the pool and swim instruction for children to reach their functional goals.  Children who are not able to participate in community based pool programs are able to successful be involved in movement based programs in the pool.  An aquatic instructor and a physiotherapist design and conduct programs, including save transfer into the pool.  

Lifeguard is licensed  and meets the following criteria:

Qualified persons must meet the criteria outlined by the Health Protection and Promotion Act – R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 565 Public Pools:

  • be at least 18 years of age,
  • hold a current lifeguard certificate (National Lifeguard Service’s Lifeguard Certificate) of not more than 2 years old
  • hold a current CPR certificate
  • hold a first aid certificate of not more than 3 years old

Aquatics Instructors and Lifeguards are required to hold a current National Lifeguard Service’s Lifeguard Certificate

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