Childhood Apraxia of Speech - Clinical Services
The division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics does not provide care to children whose main problem is a language disorder such as apraxia. Rather, we support community primary care providers or link families with other providers in the community who treat apraxia. We do, however, provide a very limited number of specialized evaluations for the diagnosis of apraxia and treat children who have very severe apraxia or have apraxia in combination with other developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, and Cerebral Palsy.
Kirch Developmental Services Center
We provide a limited number of specialized evaluations for the diagnosis of apraxia. When we cannot provide the evaluation, we help families find other community resources.
Many children with apraxia and a significant developmental disability benefit from seeing specialists in childhood developmental disabilities. Our Kirch Center programs provide evaluation and treatment of the common health and behavior concerns associated with developmental disabilities. Our physicians and nurse practitioners can help families with behavioral support, developmental monitoring, and treatment of health conditions. Our information and referral service provides families with resources to help their child. Our social work team can help families with community supports, financial issues and family relationship challenges. Our nutritionists can help look at whether a child is getting the right amount of food and nutrients.
Crisis Intervention Program
Our crisis intervention program provides services to individuals with a developmental or intellectual disability living in Monroe County with significant behavioral difficulties
Behavior Interventions for Families:
The BIFF program is for children with developmental disorders who have challenging behavior such as tantrums, feeding or sleeping problems, and poor following directions. Goals of the program are to teach families ways to prevent bad behavior, increase the frequency of positive behavior, and teach the child skills required to behave in a desirable way. This generally involves weekly meetings between the caregivers and our behavior specialist for 6-14 weeks.
To provide comprehensive care, we also collaborate with other pediatric subspecialties including: