We offer a developmental assessment and care plan after your baby’s stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
At the Neonatal Comprehensive Care Program, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, we provide neurological and developmental assessments and early intervention services for our patients after they have graduated from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. We provide the same services for infants born at other hospitals who are also at risk for developmental delays.
Your baby initially undergoes a medical assessment that includes growth measurement, a general physical exam, and a neurologic assessment. Our child psychologist works in conjunction with our occupational therapist to do a full developmental evaluation of your infant’s motor, language, and cognitive development. We collaborate with other specialists including pediatric neurologists and pediatric rehabilitation physicians, depending on the individual needs of your infant.
If your baby shows any developmental delays, we help find suitable services for his or her unique needs, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, or vision therapy. We can suggest toys, games, and activities or exercises that can further your baby’s development. We can also refer you to an early intervention program that can teach your child key skills to accelerate his or her development.
We take a supportive approach to parent education and work closely with your family to create a customized developmental plan for your infant. Babies are followed beginning at six months old and undergo a neurodevelopmental evaluation at least every six months until they are two years old. Families are then tracked yearly until their children enter kindergarten. Our aim is to provide a full range of services for all at-risk infants from birth through preschool.
Our neonatal and pediatric experts provide the best care possible for children with conditions ranging from minor illnesses to complex, more serious conditions.