What is the Developmental Assessment Clinic (DAC)?
The Developmental Assessment Clinic (DAC) provides continuing care for at risk infants for developmental delay discharged from the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland neonatal care unit (NICU). Infants are screened and identified for developmental delays and disabilities and appropriately referred for neuromuscular, sensory, psycho social and physical intervention. The goal of program is to enhance the health and quality of care provided to all infants at-risk for developmental delay admitted to the SJMO NICU.
Who are at risk infants?
Approximately 4 – 5 % of the children born annually in Michigan will require services of a special care nursery. Most infants are admitted to these units because they are born early (premature) and/or are at low birth weight. In addition, some infants are identified as at risk when complications existed prior to, during or following birth. Research has shown that with early identification and intervention, the degree of developmental delay can be minimized.
What professionals staff the DAC?
The clinic is staffed by a team of specialists, which includes a neonatologist, occupational/physical therapists, nurse and a social worker. This team of professionals will evaluate your infant’s growth and development. They may also teach you activities to do with your infant to help him or her progress in their development.
What if a developmental delay is identified during a clinic visit?
Following a consultation with the health care team, we’ll discuss with you your baby’s results. If a developmental delay has been identified, your baby will be referred to the appropriate service for intervention. These services include: hearing specialist, home therapy program, and early intervention program.
When are infants seen in the clinic?
Infants are usually seen at the following times:
Annually (up to 5 years)
Where is the clinic located and when are sessions held?
The clinic is located in the ambulatory medical/pediatric clinic at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. The clinic is held during the morning on the fourth Thursday of every month
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 248-858-3126.