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Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics Clinic

Nothing seems as simple as a child at play. Yet for many children who are born with problems that may affect their physical or mental development, such activity is neither simple nor carefree. Conditions including prematurity, birth defects, infections, accidents or prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol can cause abnormalities that affect a childís ability to walk, talk or learn. Some have visual or hearing impairments. Others have central nervous system defects, while many have multiple handicaps resulting from birth defects, accidents and illness. 

Since itís founding in 1960, the Leopold L. Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics has helped children with special needs. We diagnose and develop management plans for children who have complex problems such as learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autistic spectrum disorders and disorders of language, behavior and attention.

Our approach is interdisciplinary and family-centered.  This means that a team of professionals evaluates each child and works with the family on assessments, team meetings and conferences to develop an individualized treatment program.

The Program

An initial evaluation is made by the developmental pediatrician who obtains a medical and developmental history, performs a neurodevelopmental examination and determines if additional assessments are necessary to meet the childís and family needs. Depending on the results of this initial assessment, other professionals who may be consulted include:

  • A neuropsychologist/developmental psychologist to provide cognitive, emotional, behavioral and social-adaptive assessments.
  • A speech/language pathologist to evaluate receptive and expressive language development, articulation (speech) skills and oral motor abilities.
  • An occupational therapist to provide evaluations and treatment plans to improve childrenís small muscle (fine motor) skills and activities of daily living.
  • A physical therapist to provide evaluations and treatment plans to improve childrenís large muscle (gross motor) skills, including posture and locomotion.
  • A social worker to discuss family concerns, provide emotional support and identify appropriate community resources.
  • Additional consultations can be requested through Texas Children's Hospital from neurology, child psychiatry, otorlaryngology, the Learning Support Center and other disciplinarians as needed.

Following this evaluation, parents meet with the physician to review the teamís findings and recommendations for their childís future care and education. The parentsí input is solicited at each stage of the evaluation process and is incorporated into the treatment plan. A written report is provided to the parents and the referring physician.

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