Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Systems-Based Experiences :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Systems-Based Experiences

Fellows are encouraged to participate in system-based experiences throughout training. System-based experiences are typically one or two day observations or volunteer experiences at clinics or organizations within the surrounding communities.

Participation is intended to educate the fellow on available community resources, as well as serve as complementary experiences to their clinical rotations. Fellows are able to pursue system-based practices that best align with their clinical intentions and personal interests. Available experiences include:

Residential Facilities 

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The Heinzerling Foundation is a residential facility located in southwest Columbus that provides long term care to individuals with severe or profound developmental disabilities. Most residents are non-ambulatory and non-verbal and require complex medical care due to multiple disabilities. Ranging in age from infants to adults, many will spend their entire lifetime at the Foundation. Offerings include programming, therapy, nursing, and dietary services. More than 200 children and adults reside at the Heinzerling Foundation.

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Special Needs Camps

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Spirit Camp provides a supportive and educational camp experience for children with Spina Bifida. It is designed to enhance self-confidence and improve independence. Spirit Camp takes place each summer in Maple Lake, MN.

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Myelo Camp is hosted each summer by Nationwide Children’s Hospital at Recreation Unlimited in Ashley, Ohio. Campers diagnosed with Myelomeningocele participate in a wide range of activities including flag football, swimming, fishing and other recreational activities.

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Hosted at YMCA Camp Kern in southwestern Ohio, Trailblazers Camp is a day camp for special needs children. Programming includes arts and crafts, a nature center, sports, swimming and adventure games.

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Special Needs Schools & Educational Programs

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Haugland Learning Center serves the educational needs of over 300 children and young adults with Autism, Asperger syndrome, and other developmental disabilities in the state of Ohio. Classroom-based programs are located in Columbus/Dublin, Lancaster, Pedro, and Sandusky, Ohio. They also offer home-based programs throughout the state. HLC accepts students from preschool through twelfth grade (including those with behaviors of concern) as an alternative to public school.

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Oakstone Academy is a private school (preschool through grade 12) chartered by the State of Ohio that offers an alternative to the run-of-the-mill school experience. Oakstone Academy has small class sizes allowing it to meet needs of a variety of learning styles. Oakstone is the only school in Ohio that was founded on the principle of providing a truly inclusive environment for children with autism spectrum disorders, allowing them to be full participants in the classroom with peers who do not have disabilities.

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The Childhood League Center is committed to providing the best possible early learning opportunities for children with developmental delays from birth to age 6. The Center’s classroom programs include Early Intervention for children birth to age 3, Preschool classes for children with and without delays ages 3 to 6 years old. The Center also offers the Help Me Grow program, a home-based coaching program as well as a home-based autism intervention called the PLAY Project. The Childhood League Center is located across the street from Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Interdisciplinary Clinics

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The International Adoption Clinic assists families navigate the physical, psychological and developmental challenges facing a child born in another culture. The IAC staff members have experience treating conditions that sometimes are associated with early care in crowded orphanages or foster care programs abroad. The clinic offers families a wide range of services before, during and after adoption.

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The Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders treats everything from jaw abnormalities, facial trauma, plagiocephaly and Pierre Robin syndrome. The center offers a comprehensive and compassionate approach to care. Each child that comes to the Center receives personalized treatment from an interdisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to restoring the child’s appearance and function, and meeting their long-term medical needs.

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Speech Pathology provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and therapeutic treatment for speech, language, and voice disorders. The department provides services for clinical management of children from birth through age 21.

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The Sleep Disorders Center can comprehensively evaluate patients and make appropriate treatment recommendations. The Sleep Program performs more than 850 overnight polysomnographic studies and 500 long-term EEG monitoring studies annually. There are many behavioral and medical symptoms that are indicators for referring a patient for a sleep study or for a sleep clinic evaluation.

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