The interdisciplinary feeding team will interview you regarding current feeding practices and your child's feeding history. The team consists of specialists from the following areas:
Additionally, the team will observe your child eating a typical meal. The team will then provide recommendations as to whether your child is a candidate for our intensive day treatment program or outpatient program.
The Intensive Day Treatment Program runs all day, Monday through Friday. Therapy is scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. A typical schedule includes five meal or session times, including snacks. Between meal times, your child will have scheduled free times and a nap or quiet time.
It is important to remember that each child's schedule is determined by health, medical, and feeding needs. Schedules will vary according to the needs of each individual child.
This program consists of regularly scheduled weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly one-hour visits. We will observe you and your child during a typical meal using the treatment protocol developed by the team. The team will then provide further recommendations to continue to make progress in feeding and/or in other areas.
Free time can include individual playtime, structured group playtime and schoolwork. Our facility offers an indoor playroom, an outdoor playground and a Kaboom playground. Free time may also include occupational, speech, physical or other outside therapy.
It is important to remember that each child's schedule is determined by health, medical and feeding needs. Schedules will vary according to the needs of each individual child. We may suggest a short pause of outside therapies for the length of the day treatment program in order to provide a more consistent focus for your child on feeding.
Our facility offers a parent lounge adjacent to the individual nap suites equipped with monitoring devices so caregivers can monitor their child from the lounge.
If you are traveling from out of state, you may be interested in the many shops and dining areas near the Marcus Autism Center. Both Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza are large shopping malls nearby, with a movie theater at Phipps.
We have a weekly meeting for parents of children in the feeding program to share their experiences with other parents facing similar problems. These meetings provide an opportunity for parents to support one another, share successes and maintain perspective about their children's progress in treatment. Parent meetings are held weekly and are open to parents of children in day treatment and parents of children who have completed treatment.
We will supply food and beverages for all of your child's meals while at the center for the Day Treatment Program. However, the family is required to supply food and beverages for the evaluation and outpatient visits. Our program is equipped with a limited food service facility. The foods we are able to provide include, but are not limited to:
We are unable to have fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, raw meats or raw eggs. If you would like these food items to be presented to your child, speak with the nutritionist. These food items can sometimes be brought from home. Near the end of your child's admission, we may ask you to bring food items similar to what your family eats at home.
The nutritionist and medical team will evaluate your child's oral consumption daily throughout the admission. As your child's oral consumption increases, the team will adjust your child's tube feeding schedule accordingly.
The Intensive Day Treatment Program requires that you are available for a number of things at the center. Upon admission, we conduct a number of assessments that require the presence of the caregiver(s) during the first week.
Additionally, it is important that you are available for a goal meeting, which will be held one to two weeks after admission. The purpose of this meeting is to establish specific goals for your child's stay in the day treatment program. This goal meeting also will be an opportunity for you to voice any questions and concerns you have pertaining to your child’s treatment during admission and to have input in finalizing your child's treatment goals.
Throughout the admission, you will be involved in our caregiver-training program, which typically takes place over the last few weeks of treatment. Caregiver training is a very important part of our program because we need to prepare you to successfully implement your child's treatment protocols in the home environment.
Before discharge, we try to have your child feeding in an environment similar to the home environment. This may include bringing your other children and caregivers into the session. If possible, we will conduct meals in the home or school prior to discharge.
William Sharp, Ph.D., Director, Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program
Marcus Autism Center is a subsidiary of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
1920 Briarcliff Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4010Operating hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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