Pediatric Development and Medical Genetics

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Location

Medical Genetics and Neurodevelopmental Center
St. Vincent Professional Office Building
8402 Harcourt Road, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46260
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At Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, the Medical Genetics and Neuro-Development Clinic is here to help every child reach their potential for strong growth and development. St. Vincent Children’s Health Services has a long history for diagnosing and treating children with special needs. Our priority is to give your child every opportunity to thrive despite a genetic condition, such as Down syndrome, or a birth defect.

Services

Overall, the PMCH Pediatric Genetic and Development specialist is highly experienced assessing growth and developmental behavior concerns including:

  • Genetic conditions( chromosomal abnormalities Trisomy 13, 18, and 21 (Down Syndrome) Dysmorphic or unusual features (including Zika virus related deformities)
  • Birth defects including eye and heart defects
  • Developmental delays
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Pervasive developmental disorders (autism, ADHD, etc.)
  • Failure to thrive.
small baby being caressed by mother
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According to the CDC, approximately 1 in 33 babies will have some type of genetic condition or birth defect. Some of these conditions are life threatening. At the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital the pediatric subspecialists work as a team on behalf of the child and the family. These efforts often start at our Level 4 NICU at St.Vincent Women’s Hospital.

Medical Genetics Clinic
  • Comprehensive genetic risk assessments and genetic testing helps the family better understand their child’s condition and factors that may impact other members of the family.
    • During pregnancy, this specialist coordinates care with the maternal fetal medicine specialist and neonatal team at St. Vincent’s Level 4 NICU (Women’s Hospital) in advance of the birth.
  • From newborn through childhood, diagnose genetic syndromes and help manage the plan for healthy growth and development.
  • Genetic evaluations available to explain stillbirth and fetal loss.
Common Genetic Conditions Treated
  • Central nervous system defects of the brain and spinal cord
  • Eye defects
  • Heart defects
  • Middle face defects such as cleft palate or cleft lip
  • Gastrointestinal defects of the esophagus, stomach and intestines
  • Deformities of the muscle and bones
  • Behavioral and developmental concerns (such as Autism, ADHD)
Neuro-Developmental Pediatric Clinic

The Neuro-developmental Pediatric Clinic team includes a developmental pediatrician,  newborn specialist (neonatologist),  pediatric physiatrist (rehabilitation specialist for nerve, muscle, and bone conditions),  pediatric nurse,  physical therapist, and an occupational therapist trained in long-term follow-up care of infants and children who are at risk for developmental delays. Additional resources include the support of a pediatric dietitian, speech therapist and social worker.

Through this clinic we provide follow-up care for a child with physical, motor, mental, emotional and social growth delays. This includes coordinating care with the family’s primary care physician. Babies in the NICU will automatically be assessed using several screening tools.

  • Patient and caregiver education prepares the family for a child with special needs.
  • Developmental assessment and interventions including specialized testing:
    • Muscle tone and symmetry of movement to determine the need for adaptive equipment or medical interventions as the child grows
    • Language acquisition (speech is development) and coordinated care with a speech-language pathologist
    • Fine and gross motor skills (grasping things, crawling, etc.)
    • Appropriate play

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