New Neurodevelopmental Center for children

Published: Aug. 23, 2018 at 5:48 PM EDT
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Over the last year, WVU Medicine Children's has been working on a new treatment center for kids with Neurodevelopmental disabilities.

The center provides intensive one-on-one services for children with a variety of disabilities. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Neuromuscular Disease and Tourette Syndrom are just a few.

"To really give them a chance to develop normally and to lead a normal life," said Albert Wright the President and CEO of the WVU Health System.

About 1 in 58 children in West Virginia are diagnosed with autism. This treatment center gives them social interaction, speech, physical and occupational therapy, feeding programs and independence through scientific research.

"Our treatment is based on scientific research. It's the most effective and successful treatment that will work with young children who are developing and who have some of the characteristics of autism," said Dr. Susannah Poe the Director of ABA Servies for WVU Medicine Children's.

The center also provides help for families to learn how to interact successfully with their child.

"The service we provide is very helpful to families. It teaches them, as well as what we teach the children, exactly how you intervene and what kinds of ways are successful," said Poe.

The need for these types of services is increasing as more and more children are being diagnosed with these types of disabilities.

Now, with the vast resources provided at the center, people can stay close to home for treatment.

"Pediatric Neurologist, behavioral therapist, speech, physical, occupational therapists. The gyms, the treatment areas, so that kids with these significant disorders have somewhere to come," said Wright.

Parents say they're not only comfortable with the care given to their children, but they're confident that centers like these are what have given themselves and their kids hope for the future.

"I can feel comfortable with them taking care of him, which was a big deal because daycare was a problem for us. They're very excepting, they're very sweet, they're wonderful people," said parent, Lisa Horne.

The center will take in their first child on September 4.

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