Chronic Care

Is your child having trouble learning basic skills such as talking and walking? While the rate at which your child develops may vary slightly from others the same age, significant differences could indicate a more serious problem. State and private programs are available to help all children from birth to school age with developmental problems once they are identified. In our Chronic Care & Development program at the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola, we use the latest in medical techniques and technology to diagnose, treat and find help for children with problems such as:

  • Behavior-related sleep, eating and elimination disorders
  • Speech delay
  • Temper tantrums
  • Learning concerns
  • Developmental delays
  • Downs syndrome
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Autism

Our program is staffed by pediatricians with specialized training in chronic care and disabilities and a special interest in behavioral issues. Other consultations are available as needed, such as child development, speech therapy, vision and hearing.

We utilize a team approach to assess and develop a family-centered treatment plan for the child by working closely with the family, child's primary care physician, early intervention program, school, therapists and other medical and non-medical specialists. The division has a long history of working successfully in partnership with local school districts, local agencies’ as well as the Illinois Early Intervention Program, in order to help children achieve their best.

Additionally, we reach out to the community, conducting a bi-monthly Foster Care Developmental Screening Clinic for children up to age 5 currently in such care. This program provides a screening evaluation of a child’s current developmental levels and is able to provide education, information and direct referrals to treatment for foster parents and caseworkers.

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