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The Exceptional Needs Under-12 Program

The Exceptional Needs Under-12 Program is an intensive, campus-based mental health program for children (6-12 years) and their families.

Clients have experienced significant maltreatment and trauma, and are displaying severe disruptive behavioural concerns resulting in less-intensive placement breakdown. The program is designed to provide a safe environment for behaviourally at-risk children who have not been able to be managed in community outpatient settings. The program offers trauma informed, family-centred, developmentally appropriate and evidence-based treatment. Children live on site and are supported 24/7 within the treatment milieu. The average length of stay is 6-9 months. All clients have a history of involvement with Child and Family Services and multiple placement breakdowns.

The top five typical presenting concerns for children and their families using the Exceptional Needs Under-12 Program are:

  1. Trauma associated with grief and loss
  2. Behavioural Issues
  3. Anger Management
  4. School Problems
  5. Self-Harm



The Exceptional Needs Under-12 Program provides:

  • 24-hour supervision and milieu treatment
  • 24-hour crisis support for children on site and their families in the community
  • Individual and family therapeutic services specifically tailored to the needs of the child and family
  • A comprehensive functional assessment
  • Access to additional therapeutic and assessment services including; occupational therapy, expressive arts therapies, speech and language therapy, etc. (at an additional cost)
  • Nursing services and monitoring of health issues
  • Access to psychiatric care and medication management review
  • Access to specialized on-site educational services
  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)
  • Post treatment Community Care and follow-up services



If you are a parent or caregiver seeking support and guidance regarding a child or youth, or if you are looking for information about Intake and Referrals to a residential program, please contact our National Intake Co-ordinator (info below). You are also welcome to complete the referral package found at the link below. It can be faxed or emailed.

Intake Co-ordinator: Kirk Weeks

Phone: 403-270-1738
Fax: 403-286-0878
Email: kirk.weeks@woodshomes.ca

Bowness Campus
9400 48 Ave. NW
Calgary, AB  T3B 2B2

Click here to download our Referral/Intake Package.

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