Specialized Services

Family Education and Support Project of Aylmer (FESPA)

Many Low German speaking newcomer women and preschoolers face poverty, isolation, illiteracy, and language barriers.  All FESPA programs are aimed to increase social interaction and build the skills necessary for newcomer women and preschoolers to adapt and adjust to life in Canada.

FESPA School – Classes for women focus on nutrition, English as a Second Language, life skills, confidence and self-esteem. Classes for children focus on developing social skills, motor skills, and school readiness such as shapes, colours, numbers, seasons, and routines. Children in need of speech therapy, dental or medical care are referred to professionals.

Family Support – Provides scheduling, interpretation, and transportation support for families registered in the FESPA School and Mom & Baby programs. The Family Support Worker engages in conversations about parenting, family planning, and daily living.

Mom & Baby – Provides support for prenatal and postnatal care.  The Outreach Worker organizes in-home visits as well as group sessions for prenatal and postnatal mothers until the child is 4-6 months old. Each mother receives food cards to supplement her dairy, fruit and vegetable products.

For more information, please visit: www.mcson.org/programs/fespa


Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre - St Thomas Office

Merrymount provides support, transition and crisis care for children and families designed to strengthen and support family life and the wellbeing of children.  Programs in Elgin include parenting and children’s groups, Supervised Access and Exchange and All Kids Belong (providing special needs resourcing to licensed child care programs).

For more information, please visit: www.merrymount.on.ca


Oxford Elgin Child and Youth Centre

Providing support and counselling services to children and youth, 0 – 18 years as an approved Children’s Mental Health Centre.

For more information, please visit: www.ocyc.on.ca


Thames Valley Children's Centre

Programs and resources for children and youth with physical disabilities, communication disorders, developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders. Services are provided in 10 counties in Southwestern Ontario, including Elgin. Clients range in age from birth to 19 years.

For more information, please visit: www.tvcc.on.ca


Elgin tykeTALK Satellite Site

Programs for children in the Thames Valley district, aged birth to school age with speech and/or language difficulties. All services are offered at no charge to families.

Our programs include:
  • parent /caregiver education groups
  • programs for home and/or your child’s childcare centre,
  • direct therapy sessions either individually or in a group
  • monitoring of your child’s progress through reassessment, or periodic consultation in person, or by telephone
34 Churchill Cres
St. Thomas, ON N5R 1N9
Telephone: 519-633-6388
Fax: 519-633-0706

For more information, please visit: www.tyketalk.com