Child Development

The Montreal Children’s Hospital Child Development Program offers whole patient- and family-centred care within the context of development and behaviour. Child development is a discipline that looks at the emergence of skills and the acquisition of abilities, such as milestones and language and motor development, from the time of infancy into preschool years and beyond.

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Who we are

The Child Development Program offers specialized evaluation of children and youth with questions about developmental skills and abilities or particular behavioural concerns. Most assessments are done in the pre-school age range but some clinical services have been designated for school-age children and adolescents with specific concerns (see 'our services' for list of clinics). The goal of assessment at the MCH is to make sure appropriate recommendations are available to the family in order to provide a continuity of care to community-based services (CLSCs, rehabilitation centres, etc.) to benefit the child and maximize the acquisition of developmental skills. Ultimately this approach will help each child achieve her/his maximum potential.

Referrals are done via a primary care physician in the community through centralized intake services at the MCH. See “How to Make a Referral” tab for details.

Clinic location

Clinics take place at A03.3138 (North Reception).


Our services

A variety of professionals, including doctors, psychologists, educators and social workers, may identify challenges in the child’s development related to delays in language or motor milestones or learning. Children are referred to the Child Development Program by a physician (i.e., family doctor or pediatrician).  

Once a child is seen in the program, the team members may recommend services within the community (i.e., intervention at the CLSC, rehabilitation services, etc) or further evaluation, within the MCH.

Our clinics

Please note that all referrals are triaged and directed to the appropriate clinic in collaboration with the Brain Development & Behavior Central Intake Department, the clinic physicians and coordinators.

Child Development Consultation Clinic: for children up to 17 years with complex developmental issues

Developmental Progress Clinic: for children up to 4 years old with multiple developmental delays

Gender Variance Clinic: for children aged 3 to 17 years

School-Age Development Clinic: Comprising the ADHD Program and the Learning Progress Clinic, for children and adolescents aged 6-17 with complex ADHD and/or learning disabilities.

In collaboration withPsychiatry and the Autism Program, a Psychopharmacological Consultation Clinic is also available for children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or intellectual deficiency.

In collaboration with Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine & Gynecology, a Medical Autism Clinic is available for children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In collaboration with Occupational Therapy, a Developmental Coordination Disorder Clinic is available.


Our team

The Montreal Children’s Hospital Child Development Program team includes professionals from a variety of disciplines and departments (e.g., developmental behavioural pediatrics, speech language pathology), as well as coordinators  of each program.  We also work in partnership with related departments within the hospital.

Department Head

Dr. T. Emmett Francoeur, Director

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The Child Development Program accepts fellows and teaches first to fourth year medical residents as well as students from the McGill Faculty of Medicine and other medical schools throughout Canada. Students in speech language pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, cognitive science, social work and education also take part in activities.

How to refer a patient

The Child Development program is part of Brain Development & Behavior. Referrals must be processed via the Central Intake Service.

Please follow the instructions for referral on the Central Intake webpage and send it by:

  • Fax: (514) 412-4136
  • Email:
  • Telephone: (514) 412-4496
Community resources

If you wish to benefit from services at your CLSC (such as stimulation programs, speech therapy, psycho-social support, services from a psychoeducator, etc.) while waiting for an appointment at one of our clinics, you can contact the psychosocial support desk at your local CLSC.  You do not need a doctor's referral to access these services.

If your child currently attends a CPE (Centre de la petite enfance) or a subsidized daycare, he or she may be eligible for the extra assistance within the daycare setting (“Allowance for the Integration of a Handicapped Child”). The Professional’s Report that is part of the application form needs to be completed by a clinician. The parents should give the Professional Report to the daycare administration, who should then mail the entire application to the government. Please follow this link in order to see the complete list of professionals entitled to complete the report and for further instructions on how to proceed. (* N.B., you may search the Quebec government site for instructions and the Professional`s Report Form in English (.pdf forms) but because these forms can change, we have not provided a direct link here.)

Contact us

514-412-4314 (office) / 514-412-4280 (fax)

Questions about an already scheduled appointment:

  • Room: A03.3138
  • Tel: 514-412-4314
  • Fax : 514-412-4280
Refer a patient 

The Child Development program is part of Brain Development & Behavior. New referrals must be processed via the Central Intake Service.

Please follow the instructions for referral on the Central Intake webpage and send it by:

  • Fax: (514) 412-4136
  • Email: