Trusted Partner in Your Child’s Growth
Play in Motion Child Development Centre, located in Squamish, BC, opened in February 2017 to fulfill the need for a multi-disciplinary team of pediatric therapists within the sea to sky corridor. Prior to becoming a Child Development Centre, Play in Motion, which was founded in 2008, provided solely Occupational Therapy services.
The large growth of the population within the sea to sky corridor led to an increased number of families looking for therapy services that were not readily available in their home town. This resulted in many families driving into Vancouver for their child to access their needed services. To help alleviate this additional stress to families, Play in Motion grew to include Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Pathology.
Play in Motion provides high quality pediatric therapy services to children from birth to 18 years old. Our integrated team works closely with one another to ensure both developmental milestones and family goals are being met.
We aim to…
- Reduce the cost, stress and frustration in the delivery of paediatric services in the Sea to Sky Corridor
- Decrease the number of children on the wait list for the provision of therapy within the region
- Become a trusted and desired provider within the community for the delivery of integrated, multi-disciplinary paediatric therapies
- Provide education and outreach for parents and therapists of children with special needs
- Improve the quality of paediatric therapy services to children within the region
Average annual growth in the region
Growth in vulnerability of children entering school (over 10 years)
Average hours per week traveling to appointments (children with diagnoses)
Number of years it takes to receive an assessment for services
The Current State of the Sea to Sky Region
The region has seen higher than average growth of 14.5% in the last five years, compared to the national average of 5.9% and the provincial average of 7% for the same period.
Parents are tired, frustrated and financially taxed, resulting in some children not receiving the care they need due to shortage of time, money and services.
Therapists in the Corridor are also frustrated by the additional time required to travel to multiple sites to service the children, given that there is a lack of locations for the therapists to practice.
A recent study by Sea to Sky Community Services screened four waves of children from 2004 to 2013 entering school and discovered a 30% increase in vulnerability around physical health and well-being, social competency, emotional maturity, language and cognitive delays.
Currently, it can take up to two years for a child just to receive an assessment due to lack of available therapist in the region.
Meet Our Team
Occupational Therapy, Director
Tara-Leigh Cain graduated from McMaster University with a Psychology degree in 1996 and after years of working with children and travelling the world, she returned to school for her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at UBC. Her love of working with children of all abilities was apparent since she was in high school so it wasn’t hard to make the decision to dedicate her focus to Pediatrics when she graduated.
Tara is on the Registry of Autism Service Providers and is registered to provide therapy services through the At Home Program with the Ministry of Children and Family and through the Community Brain Injury Program for Children and Youth in BC. Children play for a living and Tara bases her therapy sessions around play: play with a purpose. As a mother of two children, Tara has both the personal and professional knowledge of child development.
Mike aims to provide physiotherapy services to children with a wide range of conditions including neuromuscular, developmental, motor coordination, orthopedic and congenital disorders. He can see the potential for positive outcomes with a goal to improve children’s mobility, strength and independence.
Janna began her career in Ontario working on the Augmentative and Alternative Communication team at the Sarnia and District Children’s Treatment Centre (now Pathways Health Centre for Children) and on the Assistive Devices Resource Service team at ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development.
Speech Language Therapy
Candace is a certified member of Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC), a registrant with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHHPBC), as well as a Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP). Currently, Candace works part-time at Play in Motion and also travels to see clients and their families.
Speech Language Therapy
Heather currently provides speech and language services for the Squamish Montessori School and works with private clients of all ages. Heather has completed Orton-Gillingham training and is a member if the International Dyslexia Association. She has a strong interest in literacy development and considers herself a life long learner.