The Children’s Hospital & Medical Center’s Children’s Developmental Clinic (CDC) includes the entire family and the primary care physician in a global approach to caring for children with medically complex conditions. Including the family in the plan of care helps them learn to adjust and respond to complex medical issues.
CDC patients often have conditions which make them susceptible to illness more often than other kids. When this happens, they run the risk of rapid dehydration, seizures, and serious bodily system failures. When a situation arises that is beyond the care their primary doctor can provide, day or night, the parents know who to call. We’re here for them, 24/7.
Many of our children with spina bifida are cognitively normal but confined to a wheelchair or have very limited ambulation. To help these children grow up, manage care for themselves, and become reasonably independent— and sometimes even go off to college — is truly rewarding.
The CDC provides evaluation and ongoing consultation to patients with a variety of developmental disabilities, including:
- Spina bifida
- Cerebral palsy
- Multiple congenital anomalies
- Chromosomal abnormalities
- Developmental delays
Services we offer include:
- Initial evaluation
- Ongoing care
- Medical case management, including coordinating routine medical testing and consultations with appropriate sub-specialists
Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team of pediatric specialists from the areas of:
- Developmental pediatrics
- Metabolic bone
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
- Social work
Recommendations for care are provided to the primary physician, school, parents, and other care providers.
CDC is held every Wednesday morning in the Children’s Specialty Pediatric Center (SPC). We typically see children ranging in age from infants through late adolescence. Families come from throughout Nebraska as well as outlying states. The Carolyn Scott Rainbow House is available to provide lodging for out of town families.
Your child will see care providers based on their individual needs. While their conditions often cannot be cured, the continuum of care the clinic provides results in developmental progress for many children.
The Children’s Developmental Screening Clinic is held on the first and third Thursday morning of every month in the Specialty Pediatrics Clinic (SPC).
Children with a wide range of developmental disabilities, developmental delays, and chronic illness are seen either by the clinic MD or APRN. A plan of care — either for ongoing care in the CDC or with other providers — is developed.
What To Do Next
Make An Appointment
For any questions or to make an appointment, call 402-955-4160.
For Referring Providers
The Physicians’ Priority Line is your 24-hour link to pediatric specialists at Children’s for referrals, emergency and urgent consults, physician-to-physician consults, admissions, and transport services. Call 855-850-KIDS (5437).
Learn more about referring patients.