There is no standard therapy that works for all patients. Therefore, our team of healthcare professionals work together to identify a child's unique needs and impairments and then to create an individual treatment plan that addresses them.
Children with cerebral palsy are followed by an orthopedist who also prescribes therapy. A pediatrician who performs a developmental neurological examination sees children with learning disabilities.
Social workers provide individual and group counseling for children and their families, help families carry out treatment recommendations, and assist families in using community resources.
Our psychologist provides psychological testing, which gives an estimate of the child’s learning potential or functioning level and identifies strengths and weaknesses, and may test for AD/HD. The psychologist also provides counseling and behavior management.
Physical therapists provide treatment to enable physically disabled and developmentally delayed children to become as independent as possible in all gross motor skills. This is done through intensive therapy sessions and through educating parents and teachers on appropriate activities and exercises to be conducted daily.
Occupational therapists provide treatment for the physical and perpetual problems, which interfere with self-care skills and educational goals. Treatment is given in intensive one-on-one therapy sessions. Careful attention is given to see the skills gained in therapy are applied to classroom and home activities. Suggestions are given for physical adaptations, which increase functional abilities.
Speech-language pathologists provide treatment to communicate effectively. This involves the understanding of needs and ideas through clear speech and/or an alternative communication system, with language appropriate to the developmental age of the child. Parents are guided in their role in promoting language skills.
This service incorporates the use of a transdisciplinary team that can include the child, parents, speech therapists, occupational therapists and physical therapists, and other professionals depending upon the child’s needs. The process also includes the consideration of the child’s functional skill level, needs, and current environment. The goal is to incorporate assistive technology equipment and/or services so that children with special needs can reach their maximum potential.
Therapists are able to provide assistive technology assessments and training to improve a child’s ability to communicate and function within their everyday environments. Assistive technology is used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.
Educational therapists provide one-on-one educational assistance to children with learning disabilities. An analysis is made to determine specific problems and treatment is given to enable the child to function adequately within the school program. Classroom teachers are informed of therapy content and parents are shown how to assist the child.
The TheraSuit® method is an intensive three-week physical therapy program. TheraSuit® therapy accelerates functional progress for children with neurological, motor, and sensory disorders, and is offered every summer.Community and Client Programs
The Mission Statement of the McMains Children's Development Center
Our mission is to identify and treat children with cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and learning disabilities to enable them to reach their potential and to function as independently as possible. The Center additionally aims to enhance the quality of life for the families of these children. The McMains Children's Developmental Center (MCDC) is an affiliate of United Cerebal Palsy and the United Way.
Our Center helps children in the Greater Baton Rouge area, and surrounding 11 parishes with cerebral palsy and other disabilities such as sensory processing disorders, severe speech and learning disabilities, AD/HD, and autism.