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Children's Specialized Hospital Infant and Toddler Program
Infant Toddler Team
The Infant and Toddler Program is under the direction of Dr. Sharon A. Burke, M.D., who received specialized training in Neonatology. All medical programs are under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Haines, D.O., Chief Medical Officer.
Other medical subspecialists available for consultation are neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, physiatry, psychiatry, radiology, and urology. Diagnostics and special services available are: ventilator assistance and weaning program, rehabilitation technology, and orthotics and prosthetics.
In addition, the following team members are an integral part of your child’s care:
Audiologist: The Audiologist provides comprehensive hearing testing services as needed.
Dietician: The Dietician plans customized menus, giving special attention to medical needs, feeding skills, food preferences, and family traditions.
Durable Medical Equipment Coordinator (DME): The Durable Medical Equipment coordinator assists the child and family by ordering any equipment and/or supplies needed for discharge.
Family: The family plays a pivotal role in both care and advocacy for their child. They learn all aspects of medical, nursing and therapy care for a safe discharge home.
Nurses: Nurses coordinate and plan nursing and well-baby care; focus on special nursing and medical needs and provide family education.
Occupational Therapist: The Occupational Therapist focuses on social and play skills to improve development skills, hand-eye coordination, sensory processing and self-care skills when appropriate.
Patient Care Coordinator (PCC): The Patient Care Coordinator advocates for patients and assists families. The PCC helps set goals; identifies home-discharge barriers, which may require alternative funding; coordinates with health insurers; and refers families to nursing/home care services, early intervention programs and therapy in the community.
Pharmacist: The Pharmacist dispenses and monitors all medications prescribed for patients.
Physical Therapist: The Physical Therapist works with the patient to improve endurance, strength, mobility, and alignment for daily activities and play. The Physical Therapist helps the patient tolerate handling and positioning in order to optimize development.
Psychologist: The Psychologist assesses the family’s levels of coping and provides ongoing support and guidance related to child development, parenting and other family-focused issues.
Recreational Therapist and Child Life Therapist: The Recreational Therapist establishes a foundation on which children build play skills and promote social and emotional development. The Child Life Specialist provides comfort and procedural support to lessen anxiety from separation and hospitalization.
Rehabilitation Technology: The Rehabilitation Technology staff provides patients with seating, positional equipment and adaptive equipment.
Respiratory Therapist: The Respiratory Therapist monitors patients who are dependent on tracheotomies, oxygen, or ventilators. Treatment strives to maximize respiratory independence and facilitate home management for patients and their family members.
Speech Pathologist: The Speech-Language Pathologist treats feeding disorders and assesses swallowing skills. Therapy focuses on enhancing language and speech development, socialization skills, and providing infant stimulation.
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