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Meet Bryson

May 21st, 2019

At the Siskin Center for Developmental Pediatrics, physical therapists like Kimberly, work hard to improve motor skills, balance and coordination as well as strength and endurance in children with special needs. 

For children who face physical challenges, long-term disabilities or injuries, physical therapy offers an opportunity for life-changing progress. Physical therapists are specially trained and skilled in working with children who face injuries, developmental delays, and a host of conditions that can affect a child’s ability to complete daily tasks.

Using age appropriate activities that incorporate games, swings, scooters, and other toys to increase engagement, our team is able to work with kids like Bryson to help them reach their full potential.

To learn more about our therapy programs, visit siskin.org/therapy.

Looking for summer learning opportunities, Siskin Children’s Institute has just what you need. Throughout the summer, staff from various programs will be offering workshops that will help families continue to learn and support their children. Workshops will focus on topic such as developing visual supports, using your voice and your story to advocate for your child, using augmentative and alternative communication devices at home, handwriting skills, improving mealtime routines and so much more! 

Siskin Children’s Institute works to provide information and resources for families and our summer workshop offerings aim to do just that. 

These workshops are open to anyone in our community. Some even offer multiple dates and times to best fit into your summer plans. A current schedule is available at siskin.org/workshops. 

Want to help your child strengthen their social skills over the summer break?  Siskin Children’s Institute offers social skills groups for children from 6-12 years old. Learn more.

Meet Megan, a Physician Assistant in our Center for Developmental Pediatrics Program. Below, Megan describes what a day looks like for her here at Siskin:

“Physician Assistants are Master’s level medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative.  PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality. I am proud to be the first Physician Assistant on the medical team in the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic at Siskin Children’s Institute.  

My job differs from many of my colleagues in other medical specialties.  Due to the nature of our patients with special needs, we spend a significant amount of time assessing the patient, taking detailed medical history starting with mother’s pregnancy, conducting a thorough physical exam, ordering and interpreting lab tests or imaging studies, performing specific standardized tests, all the while formulating a list of possible diagnoses.  Once we have the information gathered, we arrive at a diagnosis.  

At times the diagnosis is challenging for parents.  We do our best to provide up to date information, resources, and referrals to other specialists and therapists to help build a team to support the family/caregivers and child with special needs to help achieve their greatest potential.  If medication is indicated we will discuss the benefits and side effects of the medication and help parents and caregivers know what to expect.  We are available to the parents and caregivers for questions and concerns and follow up as often as needed until the child is stable.  

Siskin is a unique environment in that we have therapists, a psychologist, behavior analysts, teachers, early interventionists, and medical providers all under one roof.  We collaborate well with one another and one of the highlights of this position is seeing how our work in the clinic affects a child’s performance in other areas of their life.  I look forward to serving children with special needs and their families for many years to come.”

To learn more about our Center for Developmental Pediatrics, click here


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Handwriting Readiness
for Preschoolers
 

Communication Devices,
A Workshop Series for Parents of Children using Communication Devices