Archive | April, 2014

When baby leaves the NICU – A NICU After Care Program

16 Apr

tmcchild

NICUAftercaretriplets-together-31.jpg The 12 month old who wasn’t eating solid foods.

The 18 month old who wasn’t walking and didn’t know how to play with toys.

The 2½ year old who wasn’t talking.

The 3 year old who couldn’t follow directions.

brenda-with-triplets1Toddlers and young children like this were filling up TMC Pediatric Outpatient Therapist Brenda Abbey’s schedule. Something with their development wasn’t quite right. Their parents were concerned. These children needed help.

Like she does with all new patients, Abbey started reviewing their medical histories and was stunned when she found a common thread: Many of these kids were either born premature or spent time in the newborn intensive care unit.

“It was happening too often,” she said. “I thought to myself, ‘what is falling apart for this population, and how can we catch these developmental problems sooner rather than later so that these kids don’t need therapy?’ There had to be…

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A Deeper Look Into Child Life

16 Apr

A Little Playfullness

Here’s another great article from Iowa Now, highlighting many of the things that child life specialists do for patients and families in the hospital. I particularly like how it points out how a specialist’s schedule fluctuates even within a few hours. There are also some really great comments from parents about the effect child life specialists have on their families and their experiences. I highly recommend checking out this article: http://now.uiowa.edu/2014/03/delivering-special-kind-care

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