Please contact us using the methods below:

Tel: 416-449-9651
Fax: 877-832-8816
TTY: 416-449-2728

Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf.
255 Ontario St S.
Milton, ON L9T 2M5

Program funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, and in partnership with Reach Out Centre For Kids.

Mental Health

What is PAH?

PAH! is a children’s mental health program. We welcome all Deaf and hard of hearing children, youth, and families as well as hearing children of Deaf adults.  We support any level of hearing loss, the use of any type of assistive device, and respect any choice of communication. The PAH! program is a partnership between ROCK ™ Reach Out Centre For Kids and the Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf. PAH! was founded in 2000 to provide specialized children’s mental health services for the Deaf and hard of hearing children, youth and their families and children of Deaf adults. Located on the campus of the Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf.

Why the name PAH!?

In American Sign Language (ASL) PAH! means “Finally!” or “At last!” PAH! expresses a sense of joy mixed with relief that the mental health needs of children and families within the Deaf and hard of hearing communities are being addressed. PAH! is finger spelled in ASL.

Our Methods

PAH! provides confidential family-centred care where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. The services we provide are collaborative and strength-based. PAH! services are lingusistically and culturally accessible. To facilitate access and communication, services are provided by/in:

  • American Sign Language
  • Professional ASL/English interpreters
  • Spoken Language Interpreters
  • Deaf Interpreters
Services we provide

PAH! offers the following services:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Parent & sibling support
  • Art therapy
  • Case management
  • Advocacy
  • Training and education
  • Consultation with other agencies providing service to Deaf clients
Who does PAH! Serve?

  • Deaf and hard of hearing children and youth (ages zero to 18) and their families
  • Children and youth (ages zero to 18) of Deaf adults
  • Students of Ernest C. Drury School students up to age 21 years
Service area we cover

Our service area covers the Central West Region:

  • Peel Region
  • Halton Region
  • Wellington County
  • Dufferin County
  • Waterloo Region
  • Simcoe County
  • York Region
How can I access PAH! services?

ANYONE can refer to PAH! Please contact us using the methods on the left.

When should I contact PAH!?

PAH! staff are trained professionals who can help with problems such as:

  • School issues
  • Grief counseling
  • Relationship issues
  • Separation and divorce
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Physical/ sexual abuse
  • Family conflict
  • Family communication issues