Neurodevelopmental disabilities include problems related to the impairment of the growth and development of the brain or central nervous system, which can affect functional physical, cognitive, and communicative abilities. Often, these symptoms unfold as the individual grows.
The WVU Medicine Children’s Neurodevelopmental Center multidisciplinary team aims to treat the whole child while focusing on his or her individual needs and improving the child’s function and helping him or her to be more successful in school, the community, and home. The team focuses on functional limitations as a result of the child’s diagnosis.
Conditions We Treat
We treat children with neurodevelopmental functional deficits due to a number of complex issues. Specific diagnoses may include, but are not limited to:
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Brain injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Complicated orthopaedic conditions
- Demyelinating diseases
- Developmental delays
- Early childhood learning difficulties
- Feeding and swallowing difficulties
- Intellectual disability
- Metabolic and genetic conditions, such as trisomy 21, fragile X syndrome
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Sensory processing difficulties
- Spinal cord injury
- Tumor resection
We provide the following therapy services to children and families:
- Initial interdisciplinary assessment
- Comprehensive and coordinated follow-up evaluation and management to meet individualized medical, functional, and social needs
- Individual treatment from occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology
- Family resource counseling through our service coordinator
Our occupational therapy services provide opportunities for children to develop skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities according to what is developmentally appropriate for the child’s age group.
Impairments we address include, but are not limited to:
- Developmental delay
- Fine motor skill
- Head, trunk, and postural control issues
- Motor sequencing difficulties
- Muscle weakness
- Sensory limitations
- Tone imbalances
Our physical therapists are experienced with a variety of developmental disorders and delays. They understand the physical and mental struggles a child can face when dealing with the challenges of functional daily living. They work with other team members and families to help each child achieve his or her optimal developmental and functional potentials.
Difficulties treated may include, but are not limited to:
- Balance impairment
- Coordination difficulties
- Endurance impairment
- Gait abnormalities
- Mobility impairment
- Muscle weakness
- Physical motor delays
- Sensory/perceptual issues
Our speech pathologists focus on providing communication skills and tools to children and adolescents with speech, language, swallowing, and communication difficulties. We work together with the child and family forming a therapy partnership to achieve their goals.
Issues addressed may include, but are not limited to:
- Assistive technology training
- Deficits in swallowing
- Evaluation for augmented communication devices
- Expressive and receptive language
- Information processing in speed/function
- Oral motor dysfunction
- Speech intelligibility
- Voice disorders
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Our ABA Clinic provides intensive one-to-one, evidence-based applied behavior analysis services to a limited number of children, ages two to six years, who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
Treatment is based on the science of applied behavior analysis, combining discrete trial training with naturalistic and incidental teaching, as well as applied verbal behavior.
Programming is developed and supervised by a board-certified behavior analyst and is implemented by trained behavioral technicians, as well as students or volunteers, who are seeking training and experience in this field.
Our clinic serves as a model for evidence-based intervention for young children with autism, and we often host properly-screened visitors to observe our treatment.
Each child has an individualized curriculum that is implemented by at least two therapists (for generalization) throughout each day.
Our clinic serves children from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm five days a week, excluding holidays and staff training days. Depending on the child’s needs, full- or part-time scheduling is available between 12 and 30 hours a week.
Parent involvement is important to the success of each child and required for continuity and generalization.
Referrals to the Neurodevelopmental Center are made by a child’s primary care provider. Please call 855 WVU CARE (855-988-2273)
Monday – Friday
8 am – 5 pm
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