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Early Development

Babies learn skills and grow at different rates, but you know your baby best. If you’re concerned about your baby’s growth or development, Mary Free Bed Kids has an Early Development specialty program.

Our team of specialists will evaluate your baby from head to toe to determine if he or she is developing normally or identify a problem that suggests services and support are needed. Research shows early intervention can make a significant difference in a baby’s healthy development.

Rest assured, your baby is in good hands. Mary Free Bed Kids offers a combination of expertise and love for both you and your baby. We restore hope and smiles.

Who we serve

We care for babies from birth to the age of 3. The program isn’t limited to babies born prematurely or those who had a traumatic birth.

If you notice any signs of a possible developmental delay or if you’re simply worried about your baby’s growth, don’t wait. The pediatric rehabilitation specialists at Mary Free Bed Kids can provide answers.

Your team

Dr. Lisa Voss, a physician who specializes in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation, created the Early Development specialty program. Dr. Voss is an expert in the treatment of neurologic, neuromuscular and developmental disorders.

She’ll direct your baby’s care and the coordinated efforts of our specially trained team, which includes:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Registered dietitian
  • Medical assistant
  • Care manager

What to expect

During your visit, each member of our team will spend time with you and your baby, and provide a comprehensive medical assessment of every aspect of your baby’s development.

  • You’ll meet with a medical professional, who will listen to your concerns and observe your baby.
  • A physical therapist will evaluate your baby’s movement and physical development.
  • If your baby is three months old or younger, your PT will perform an emerging technique called General Movement Assessment, which analyzes movement patterns. GMA is a simple, non-invasive test that can detect neurological problems.
  • An occupational therapist will assess your baby’s fine motor skills and, with our registered dietitian, observe how your baby eats and address any concerns.
  • A registered dietitian will evaluate your baby’s weight, length and diet, and determine if he or she is getting nutrition appropriate to best support growth.
  • Your care manager will help arrange any special services, address funding concerns and provide other assistance.

The team will meet to discuss their findings and determine if your baby is developing appropriately or if additional tests or interventions are warranted.

Comprehensive services

Mary Free Bed Kids provides specialized diagnostic and intervention services for optimal growth. Your team may recommend exercises you can do with your baby at home or if more comprehensive services are needed.

Depending on your baby’s needs, we may recommend:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Torticollis treatment
  • Plagiocephaly treatment
  • Nutrition services
  • Feeding therapy
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Audiology
  • Orthotics

When your child turns three years old, he or she will graduate from the Early Development specialty program. There are multiple options for graduates of Mary Free Bed Kids to continue their recovery.

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