Who We Are
Adventure Place has been assisting young children and their families since 1972. Our services are open to all families living in Toronto, North Quadrant, with children up to 12 years of age who are experiencing difficulties in one or more of the following areas:
- Communication (Speech and Language)
- Social and/or Emotional Functioning
- Attention and/or Regulatory Functioning
- Pervasive Developmental Disorders (ASD/PDD)
Adventure Place is a registered charitable organization, fully accredited by Children’s Mental Health Ontario. Charitable Business Number 106686652 RR0001
To provide comprehensive mental health, social, and developmental services dedicated to the well-being and success of children in their early years and to their families.
At Adventure Place, we believe that all children have the right to healthy development and to achieve their full potential.
To reduce the impact of difficulties and special needs.
To help children achieve their potential by building on their strengths and self-esteem.
To increase parental knowledge, competence, and confidence.
To reduce family stress.
To reduce the risk of longer term or more complex difficulties.
Our Values & Principles
Excellence – Our services reflect best practices and are delivered with integrity in a respectful, transparent, and professional manner.
Accessible – Every child with identified needs has an equal right to our services.
Family-Centered – Young children are best served within the context of their families and communities. Parents are our partners in the delivery of service.
Responsive – The earlier a child’s special needs can be identified, assessed, and treated the greater the opportunity for that child to achieve his or her potential.
Inclusive – We promote inclusive practices that encourage the child and family to fully participate in the community.
Compassionate – Our caring and dedicated staff understand the challenges and complexities associated with family life.
Collaborative – Service providers collaborate with other community partners to maximize the capacity and quality of our services.
In 1965, Founder Clara Will met with School Board Superintendents to present her plan for keeping young kids with serious difficulties in school. She wanted to integrate education and "treatment" in a classroom program within an operating elementary school. To her, it simply made sense to integrate support for each part of a child's development within a holistic approach. Adventure Place was founded in 1972 to serve preschool-aged children with special needs and their families. Since that time, the agency has expanded services beyond treatment in the Day Program to include Early Intervention services within schools, childcare centres, and other community settings, as well as Prevention programs that target children at risk and their families.
From 2002 to 2011, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services funded a variety of new services that allowed Adventure Place to fully realize it's "continuum of service" program model. This model recognized the importance of prevention, early intervention, and treatment.
Today, Adventure Place offers a unique range of integrated services and, even though it has grown over time, Clara's original vision of prevention, early intervention, and day treatment was fully realized and remains true today.
Adventure Place is fully accredited by Children’s Mental Health Ontario. The accreditation process assesses the agency’s program, staffing, management, and governance standards to promote and ensure quality assurance.
The agency goes through the accreditation process every four years and will be evaluated next in November 2015.
Providing Services to People with Disabilities
Adventure Place is committed to providing its services to all clients in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. We strive to provide clients with disabilities the same opportunity to access our services as do other clients.
Adventure Place has a policy and procedure titled “Access to Service for People with Disabilities,” which meets the requirements of the Customer Service Standard of the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. This document is available for our clients by contacting any one of our management staff, the Human Resources Generalist, or by completing the Feedback Form below.
Our staff, students, volunteers, and Board of Directors receive training on our how to interact, communicate, and support our clients with disabilities. We welcome feedback on our services as a means to improve our customer service to all clients.
Feedback can be provided in person, by phone, or by email, to any one of our management staff or the Human Resources Generalist. You may obtain telephone or email information for our staff by contacting our Office Administrator at (416) 744-7650. You may also complete the Feedback Form below which will be sent directly to our Human Resources Generalist. Clients who have submitted feedback can expect to hear back from the HR Generalist within 20 business days.