Child & Youth

Children's Programs

  • Teddy Bear Lending Library

Parents and sasum aged 0-3 attend once a week to exchange books, share snacks and play together.

  • Rhyme Time

Parents and sasum come together to share songs, rhymes and singing.

  • Storytime

Gathering at the library to read and share stories.

  • Parent & Sasum Craft Night

Exploring different crafts together and practicing fine motor skills!

  • Cultural Afternoon

Parents and sasum come together and learn basic Haíɫzaqvḷa and sing songs, drum together, Elder's teachings.

  • Elder & Sasum Activity Afternoon

Elder's join with parents and sasum in activities/crafts once a week.

  • Boys Games Group



Services

Our Sasum Wellness Team provides a range of services to meet families needs in home or community. Parents are able to enjoy developmental activities and learn through play. Programs are outlined below.

Aboriginal Infant Development (0-3)

The AIDP supports families by offering:

• Home/Office visits.

• Activity planning to support infant/toddler growth and development.

• Developmental screening and assessment.

• Resource information.

• Referrals to community agencies and health services as needed.

• Service coordination to support children’s needs.

The AIDP supports communities by offering

  • Parent talks.
  • And by participating in or facilitating local play groups.
  • Parenting Programs-Circle of Security
  • Ages & Stages
  • Parent & Child Mother Goose Program
  • Infant Massage
  • Further developing your child’s skills and abilities

Aboriginal Supported Child Development (0-19)

Who We Serve

Aboriginal Families with children birth to nineteen years who have a diagnosis, developmental delay or are at risk for delays in one or more ways

What We Provide

  • A range of culturally sensitive services
  • Strategies and resources to aid parents in encouraging their child’s development
  • Assessments, developmental checklists, Individual Family Services Plans
  • Review your child’s progress and setting new goals as appropriate
  • Consultation to childcare settings
  • Additional staffing for children in childcare settings who have extra support needs
  • Training/educational workshops for families and caregivers
  • Opportunities for families to network
  • Family Support
  • Books, equipment, toy lending library and Aboriginal Cultural kits
  • Assistance with transitions into carrying programs

Early Childhood Education

The Heiltsuk Kaxla Society provides early childhood development services to Aboriginal Families in Bella Bella.

The services are intended to increase:

  • The parental knowledge of early childhood development.
  • Increase parental capacity
  • Help link families to other community services
  • To enhance opportunities to develop social, educational and emotional potential of parents and families.
  • Culturally sensitive and support services to children 0- 6 years of age and their families.

Early Childhood Development will increase family and community capacity to nurture children for optimal health by embracing cultural awareness by:

  • Identifying, assessing and engaging hard to reach or, at risk families of children 0-6 years of age,
  • Connecting them to available programs and services
  • Liaising with relevant ECD programs and facilitating referrals for an integrated service approach.

There is an option for home visits to assist families.


Speech and Language Pathology

Who is it for? We provide speech-language therapy to children from birth to age 5.

What does a Speech & Language Therapist do? Speech-language pathologists (SLP) help children develop communication skills. The SLP is interested in a child’s understanding of language, spoken language, speech skills (articulation, voice, and fluency), hearing, gestures and body language.

SLPs explore strategies to help children communicate more effectively and to develop the best language learning environment. If a child is slow to talk, the SLP may explore other ways for a child to communicate, such as gestures/signs, pictures or voice output communication aids.

Youth

  • One to one support
  • Youth Mentorship
  • Girls group activities (10-12 yrs & 13-15 yrs)
  • Prevention activities
  • Youth camps and land based healing opportunities
  • Work experience opportunities
  • Cultural support
  • Supporting youth transition
  • Life Skills
  • Housing support
  • Partnership with MCFD to support youth agreements and financial support