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West Kootenay Infant Development Program

What is the Infant Development Program?

The Infant Development Program (IDP) serves children birth to 3 years who are at risk for developmental delay, or disability, or the caregive has a concern regarding the child’s behaviour or development. Our service area is Greater Trail, Salmo, Castlegar, Slocan Valley, Nakusp, Kaslo and Nelson. 

What can the Infant Development Program do for you and your family?

The Infant Development Consultant services are tailored to individual family needs and may include:

  • Home Visiting
  • Assessment of family priorities
  • Informal and formal child development assessments
  • Information to enhance parenting skills and assist with behvaioural challenges
  • Information on typical and atypical child development
  • Support  to promote positive parent/child relationships
  • Information on community resources 
  • Coordination of services 
  • Development of advocacy skills
  • Referral to other services as needed
  • Toy and resource lending library (books, videos, CD's)


We have 3 Infant Developmental Consultants who cover the West Kootenay region.  Once a referral has been made, A Consultant will contact the family within 2 to 4 weeks. 


 Infant Development Consultants in your area are:

Julia Stockhausen
Infant Development Program Manager
Trail, Rossland, Fruitvale area

Sherry Tolman
Infant Development Consultant
Castlegar, Slocan Valley, Nakusp area

Tashia Weeks
Infant Development Consultant
Nelson, Kaslo, Salmo area

Referrals for services:

Click on the link below to print a referral form :



**All referrals must be made with parent/guardian consent.
Local Advisory Committee
The West Kootenay Infant Development Program has a Local Advisory Committee which serves as a consultant body.  Membership includes parents, a public health nurse, early childhood educators, speech-language pathologists, and an MCFD social worker.  The aim of the committee is the development and continuity of program. 
The West Kootenay Infant Development Program is one of 52 programs throughout British Columbia.  The program isfunded through the Ministry of Children and Family Developmented and managed by Kootenay Family Place.