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Patricia Minnes, PhD, CPsych
Professor Emerita
Department of Psychology
Queen's University
62 Arch Street
Kingston ON Canada K7L 3N6

What's New?

We have added a new section to the web site called "Publications" which lists publications and presentations about the preliminary findings of the project.

In July 2012, an article entitled "Including children with developmental disabilities" (PDF, 867 KB) was published which describes the HELPS Inc project and its goals.

Data collection is now complete. Thank you to everyone who completed questionnaires and participated in the case study research.

Posters describing preliminary findings are available in "Publications." The team is currently developing publications and educational resources which will be added to the website as they become available.

HELPS Inc Project

The HELPS Inc Project explores the challenges and successes that parents, healthcare professionals, and educators experience in helping young children with developmental delays and disabilities transition into elementary school.

The project has brought together a vibrant emerging team that includes a multidisciplinary group of researchers, as well as parents, healthcare professionals, educators, healthcare and education students, and other stakeholders from five centres across three provinces (Halifax, Nova Scotia; Kingston and Toronto, Ontario; and Montréal and Trois-Rivières, Quebec).

Our goals are to use the information gathered through case studies and questionnaires in order to:

  • describe the social inclusion of young children with developmental delays and disabilities in social, recreational, and educational settings as they transition into elementary school;
  • identify the knowledge, beliefs, stresses/challenges, and successful actions of parents, professionals, and healthcare and education students as they work to promote the social inclusion of young children with developmental delays and disabilities during the transition into elementary school; and,
  • develop educational resources for parents, healthcare and education professionals and students to increase their knowledge, and to provide strategies for more effective parent and professional collaboration and promotion of social inclusion.

Our research project is part of the "Bright Futures for Kids with Disabilities" initiative which is funded through a partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Our research is funded through a partnership between:

Canadian Institutes of Health Research    Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation

With the support of:

Queen's University    Dalhousie University    York University     Ryerson University

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières    Surry Place Centre