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Child development clinics
Published on
April 9, 2018
When Cadleen Désir went into business 11 years ago while pregnant with her first child, she gave herself nine months to succeed. Today, she is the head of Déclic, a social purpose business with three child development clinics and 32 employees. A made-in Montréal success story!

Déclic has an interdisciplinary team to serve children ages five and under with special needs. In its clinics, psychoeducators, resource specialists, psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, dieticians and nurses work together to support the general development of the children. Déclic also offers help with homework that is avai­lable to all elementary-school students.

The Déclic team also travels to daycare centres. Its professionals offer fun stimulus activities to groups that support the progress of children with atypical development. Some services are covered by government allo­cations, making them completely free for families and daycare centres.

“Our mission is to help each child reach his or her full potential and see him or her smile with pride at every visit,” said the Déclic founder, Cadleen Désir. “From the diagnosis to the time the public system begins taking care of them may range from six months to two years. In the meantime, Déclic is there to help families quickly.”

An urgent need

Cadleen Désir

The bug to work with little ones bit Désir as she was completing her bachelor’s in psychology. After completing a master’s degree in psychopedagogy, she got her first job in a placement agency for health care workers.

She rapidly progressed in the organization, but she found herself in a major values conflict. In 2006, she decided to become self-employed and developed an unusual concept: mobile services in daycare centres.

“At the beginning, I thought I’d work alone, but the demand was so high that after three months, there were six of us!” the entre­preneur recalled. Déclic was born. A few years later, she created a clinic in Montréal, followed by clinics in Laval and Québec City.

“In Montréal, as elsewhere, the needs are urgent. Families need a wide range of private, public and community resources. When I see kids after two or three years who have started school and I hear that every­thing is going well for them, I can really tell how meaningful our work is,” said Désir.