Robert left the hospital as a healthy baby, but at 6 months, he didn't play with any toys, just a water bottle. His parents received the diagnosis when he was 4: Autism.
The Behavioral and Neurodevelopment Program (BNP) provides complete care across the entire pediatric development spectrum. The behavioral and neurodevelopment care team evaluates and coordinates care for children with developmental delay, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disability, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and other problems that may interfere with the typical mental, emotional, social and academic development of a child.
A developmental pediatrician, a nurse specialist, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist and a licensed clinical social worker make up the BNP care team.
The behavioral and neurodevelopment care team ensures a thorough pre-evaluation — prior to the first consult — through clinical assessments and behavioral and developmental progress is tracked every step of the way in a child’s developmental journey.
The Stramski Children’s Developmental Center care team uses special techniques that are play-based to help a behaviorally or developmentally delayed child learn how to sharpen motor skills, focus, create neurological stimulus and even something as simple as to learn how to smile. Using toys, mirrors and other friendly interactive tools helps stimulate a child to work toward reaching their true growth capabilities, without getting too frustrated with a standard treatment process.
Routine appointments are made with the child at the Stramski Center to encourage continued growth and development and to track progress. The amount of visits a child needs per year depends solely on the child’s diagnosis and condition.
For more information about Autism, visit the Autism Speaks website.