Hamilton Health Sciences
Specialized Developmental and Behavioral Services (SDBS)
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Welcome to the Specialized Developmental and Behavioural Services (SDBS)

Do you live in Hamilton-Wentworth area and have concerns about your child’s development, behaviours, sleep, toileting, or learning skills?

Do you worry that your child is acting young for his or her age? For example, does your child:

  •  have a limited understanding of safety,
  •  is dependent on you for many of the daily activities,
  •  have persistent temper tantrums, or
  •  have difficulty following routines or socializing with other children?

The Specialized Developmental and Behavioural Services can help. We provide services for children and adolescents with developmental and intellectual difficulties, who are 2 to 18 years old.

Our services for children 2 to 5 years old are different than those for 6 years and older.

For children 2 to 5 years old, we offer:

  • developmental and behavioural assessments
  • speech and language supports and consultation
  • parenting supports, consultation, and workshops
  • behaviour therapy and consultation, and
  • information about other services and resources

Click here for a list of DPR Services for Preschoolers (2-5 years old) and community resources

For children and adolescents who are 6 years or older, we offer:

  • developmental and behavioural assessments
  • parent consultation
  • individual counseling with children and adolescents
  • behaviour therapy and consultation,
  • child and adolescent groups for social skills
  • information about other services and resources

For these and other developmental concerns, please contact our intake services: click here for the referral forms or call 905-521-2100 ext. 77950 for our intake line.



  • your concerns are not about your child’s development, but on your child’s emotional well-being (e.g., anger, sadness, fears), please call Contact Hamilton at 905-570-8888
  • you live outside of the Hamilton-Wentworth region, please call the Contact agency in your area (e.g., Contact Niagara: (905) 684-3407 ; Contact Brant: (519) 758-8228)

Helpful Information on Child Care, Subsidy, and Funding:

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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