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The support your child receives will vary greatly by individual and condition. Some conditions require a wide range of services, while others require little more than follow-up appointments with your primary care physician. Lehigh Valley Children's Hospital and its affiliated services can offer a customized approach to recovery that focuses on your child’s needs. These are some of the options your child’s caregivers could recommend.
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Recovery from some conditions may require our specially educated therapists to help your child on the road to recovery. Lehigh Valley Hospital offers rehabilitation specialists to provide physical, occupational and speech therapies for children from birth through adolescent years. Our therapists care for feeding, swallowing and language problems, developmental delays, posture and motor control, sensory integrative dysfunction, cognitive problems/delays, functional motor skills and vocal cord dysfunction. Our specialized professional staff evaluates children and develops a comprehensive treatment program to maximize function in all areas of development.
Our physical therapists work on trunk control, balance and range of motion. Occupational therapists work with "fine motor skills" such as dressing, eating and handwriting. Speech therapists help with speech, swallowing and breathing.
Rehabilitation may be required for children with more serious conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, low muscle tone (hypotonia), sensory integrative disorder and a deformity of the neck (torticollis). Children born prematurely who receive care in our neonatal intensive care unit or who have suffered traumatic brain injuries or strokes also may need this special care. Learn more about our rehabilitation services.
Lehigh Valley Home Care has a dedicated staff of pediatric clinicians who provide home care to children and young adults. Pediatric home care fosters a child’s growth and development and helps families take a larger role in assisting the child. Services include ventilator-dependent respiratory care, non-ventilator respiratory care, tube feedings, education about medications, treatment and home exercise, physical therapy and venipunctures.
Registered licensed dietitians with special pediatric education work with the pediatric patient care team to provide nutrition assessments for all children admitted to the inpatient pediatric units. Outpatient nutrition services also are available by physician referral at each of the Pediatric Specialty Center clinics as well as the Children’s Clinic. Our dietitians implement a customized plan of care, which includes medical nutrition therapy and education as well as counseling for children and their families. Nutrition assessments are age- and disease-specific and culturally sensitive. Based on these assessments, our dieticians implement a customized plan of care, which includes medical nutrition therapy and educational counseling of children and their families. Nutritional services only are available by referral from a physician or pediatric specialist.
For children and adolescents with behavioral health problems who don’t need daily intensive treatments in either an inpatient or partial hospitalization setting, we have a number of highly qualified psychiatrists and other behavioral health professionals who specialize in the treatment of young people. Two of our larger outpatient programs, LVPG Adult and Pediatric Psychiatry–Muhlenberg and LVPG Adult and Pediatric Psychiatry-1259 Cedar Crest, each have a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and a variety of therapists to care for the special needs of children and teenagers.