Our centres

Caring for, providing life tools to, and supporting children who have a developmental disorder related to prolonged stress requires ongoing care and services. In all, 2,664 children and youth from the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhoods have received care and services from the three centres of expertise.

youth who received care in the clinic

For the clientele of the Fondation's three centres of expertise in social pediatrics, the integration of law in social medicine facilitates access to justice and the respect of the rights set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The methods used foster co-operation between stakeholders, partnerships, community mobilization and social commitment.

  • Heart of the model

    Medicine / social pediatrics
    Integrated law
    Social work

  • Specialized services

    Art therapy
    Occupational therapy
    Speech therapy
    Music therapy
    Medicine / specialization

  • Support

    Education / specialized education
    Music training

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Centre

Our first community social pediatrics centre, in the heart of the most vulnerable community on the island of Montreal.

Côte-des-Neiges Centre

Our second community social pediatrics centre established in the multi-ethnic community of Côte-des-Neiges.

Garage à musique


Established in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, the first specialized community social pediatrics centre, developed by Me Hélène (Sioui) Trudel in 2009, contributes to implementing and respecting children’s rights. Designed to help reduce negative impacts on child development resulting from difficult life conditions, the Garage à musique supports youth from vulnerable communities free of charge. Thanks to the involvement of various partners from the neighbourhood and volunteers, powerful tools based on neuroscientific knowledge are made available to the children and youth.

In addition to receiving social pediatrics care and services, children and youth can both benefit from school support services adapted to significant learning disabilities and participate in the group practice of music to develop their executive functions and social skills.

Today, this specialized centre serves close to 800 youth weekly.

  • Social pediatrics care

  • Collective music performance

  • School access centre

Targeted activities to support the children

Following the assessment of the child in the clinic, an action plan is drawn up based on his or her needs. This plan includes various activities to provide more effective support to the child, focusing on the child’s strengths to foster a trajectory of positive development.

Here are some of the activities held in our Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Côte-des-Neiges centres.

Early childhood education services

We set up parent-child (0-24 months, 2-3 years) groups to support the parent-child unit in the development of healthy attachment. We also organized activities for a group of children (0-5 years) in order to support the development of their full potential and facilitate their registration in day care.

Stimulation group

We started a stimulation group for infants 12 to 18 months old, in partnership with the CLSC Côte-des-Neiges, to fill a gap in the neighbourhood.

Get-ready-for-school camp

We are working with neighbourhood schools to screen for problems more effectively. Following an assessment, children four and five years old attended a get-ready-for-school camp.

Community education services

Children 4 to 14 years old were able to receive personalized support based on their intervention plan, in the form of creative or sports activities after school and during the summer.

Children's Rights Committee

A dozen children from 8 to 13 years old got together once a week to discuss issues that concern them and identify tools to help them advocate for their rights.