Getting the Best Care for Kids with Special Needs

Do you know a child with special needs?… My family has seen it’s share of hospitals. My dad has had health problems off and on all of my life. My youngest brother was born with a defective heart valve, and had to have surgeries every couple of years until he turned 15, and they did an open heart surgery to replace it. My youngest nephew had to come into the world during an emergency c-section, was airlifted to Seattle Children’s Hospital, and spent over a month there before he was well enough to finally come home. And my little girl, Abby, was born in a ton of distress – we actually thought she was stillborn when she arrived. The NICU team was on call in my room, and whisked her away to their unit right away – and it was 2 days before I even got to hold her for the first time. She spent a week there before recovering fully – but then earlier this year, my sweet toddler started having seizures, and we’ve been dealing with an overwhelming amount of doctors and hospitals once again. So I know, all too well, how important it is to find the best care for your family….

I have to admit – this video brings a little tear to my eye. We’ve spent so much time over the years at Children’s Hospital – for my younger brother, my nephew, and now Abby – and I’ve seen way too many kids who are dealing with problems that just don’t seem fair for such sweet little faces. The challenges that our family has been though were tough – but it really puts things in perspective when you watch a mom pull a tiny little wheelchair from her van, to load her curly-haired toddler into, you know? But one thing that has always stood out to me is what an amazing difference it makes when you have doctors and nurses who are truly committed to the best care – working in an environment that caters to kids. Things like the bright colors on the walls, murals, windows with amazing views, toys and fun – those things can completely transform the experience of going to see the doctor. And this hospital, The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, is one of the very best places in the world you can take your child for the care that they need.

Hospital for Special SurgeryWhen you have a child with special needs, you know that care can get complicated, which is why some families need a lot more than their local doctors and hospitals can offer them. The Hospital for Special Surgery is the nation’s leading specialty hospital for orthopedics and rheumatology. People come to HSS from all over the world seeking the best possible medical care – Learn why. And now, HSS has opened the CA Technologies Rehabilitation Center at the Children’s Pavilion providing comprehensive, individualized rehabilitation for both inpatients and outpatients from birth to 21 years.  Its multidisciplinary staff includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists. They are all passionate about helping your child improve and thrive – so that they can succeed in whatever dreams and goals they have.

Learn more – Visit the Hospital for Special Surgery website to learn about the new CA Technologies Rehabilitation Center within the Lerner Children’s Pavilion. And visit them on Facebook to see what other real families have to say!

While I hope that none of my readers need these kinds of services – I know that many of you do. So if you’re not finding the help that you need for your child in your local community, please check out the resources on the HSS website, and find out how you can get an appointment scheduled today.

{Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Hospital for Special Surgery. A small donation to a charity of my choice was made in my name as a thank you for participating. You should consult with your physician or other health care provider before beginning any rehabilitation/therapy, sports training, or exercise program.}

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