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Follow-up clinic

Neonatal Developmental Follow-Up Program

The Neonatal Developmental Follow-Up Program is a specialized clinic for children who had medical complications related to, or immediately after, their birth. This clinic assesses gross-motor, fine-motor, social development, language and learning ability at specific ages to determine if the child is developing normally. When a skill is found to be lagging behind age expectations, advice is given or a referral is made to the appropriate agency so that the child receives the support and therapy he/she needs.

Assessments occur at 4, 8, 12 and 20 or 24 months corrected age. Certain children may be followed at 36 months, preschool and school age.

We send a written report of the assessment results to the pediatrician or family doctor after every visit. We also provide information and support to the family and the child.

The clinic staff believes that each child is unique. Therefore, planning for the child’s needs is a joint venture between parents, our staff, the child’s doctor and the community service providers.

We Are Here To:

- promote the emotional and physical development of child and family

- provide parents with information about early childhood development

- participate in the education of health care professionals

- increase knowledge of developmental outcomes through research

- improve the quality of care in the NICU

- share information with community partners

Why We Are Inviting Parents To Our Program:

Some infants treated at The Hospital for Sick Children or Mount Sinai Hospital who are at increased risk of developmental problems are invited and encouraged to attend the Followup Clinic (see population criteria for Followup).

Certain other infants will be followed because they are involved in research studies.

Infants can also be referred to the clinic by a family doctor or pediatrician if there are concerns about development.

One of our goals is to provide continuity of care throughout the Follow-up course. To achieve this goal, a practitioner will be assigned from discharge to assess the child and support the family at each follow-up visit. Our practitioners have a Master’s degree with advanced preparation in developmental and neonatal issues. Other members of the team are available to see your child when needed.

Introducing Our Team:

- Information Coordinator
- Nurse Practitioners
- Occupational Therapy Practitioner
- Physiotherapy Practitioner
- Physicians
- Rehab Consultant
- Psychology Assistants
- Psychologists
- Dietitians
- Social Workers

Our services are located at The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, 3rd floor North Atrium, Room 3876.

If you have further questions, please call us at 416-813-5879