Specialty Clinics

Feeding Service/Team
The Feeding Service/Team is comprised of an Occupational Therapist and a Speech Language Pathologist, with consultative services by a registered Dietitian.  This team assesses children from birth to 19 years of age who experience or are at risk of feeding and swallowing difficulties.  Early warning signs may include recurrent gagging or retching, vomiting and /or coughing during bottle and/or cup  drinking, or while eating food at mealtime.  Other signs may include reflux, limited intake (bottle and solids), a limited repertoire of foods eaten or the absence of foods from specific food groups, such that their nutritional status is compromised.

Each child requires a referral from their Family Physician, Paediatrician or Nurse Practitioner.  The family is contacted by phone to arrange a time that one or both parents and their child can visit the centre.  Parents are asked to bring specific foods for their child to eat during this visit.  Oral sensory, oral motor and swallowing skills are assessed and a detailed history is obtained.  In some cases, a modified barium swallow study is done to assess a child’s swallowing skills and determine whether food or liquid is entering the airway; this test involves taking x-rays of a child’s mouth and throat while he or she drinks and eats. Various strategies are used and discussed with parents, concerns are addressed, and parents leave with written recommendations to assist them in progressing their child’s feeding skills or foods.  The option for treatment if required is discussed at this time. Our goal is to assist families in creating a safe, comfortable and nurturing feeding environment for their child and family.

Seating and Mobility Service
The Seating and Mobility Service provides seating and mobility assessments and prescriptions, as well as custom fabricated seating devices to adults and children throughout Northeastern Ontario. The pediatric seating and mobility services are provided by a physiotherapist through the NEO Kids Children's Treatment Centre.

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NEO KIDS Clinics
NEO Kids CTC staff support/staff a number of NEO Kids clinics including the following:

Neonatal Follow-up Clinic
CF Clinic (Cystic Fibrosis)
FASD Clinic (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)
Orthopedic Clinic
Rheumatology Clinic

BOTOX Clinic
BOTOX decreases spasticity (which is tightness in the muscles).  In our BOTOX Clinic we strive for best practice and we are proud of the protocols we have established and follow.  For the children at the Sudbury Clinic, BOTOX is prescribed for spasticity in combination with serial casting, bracing and intensive physiotherapy and occupational therapy for children following their injections. 

Without the intensive rehabilitation at NEO Kids CTC following BOTOX injections , we wouldn't realize the maximum clinical benefits for the children.  These benefits include increased pain control, improved function, the ability to walk better, and most importantly it can delay and often prevent the need for surgery (surgical muscle lengthening).

We have heard stories from families of their child being able to finally sleep through the night without crying now that the spasms are gone.  We have children asking for their BOTOX injections because their legs are sore.  One child's parents even described their child's legs as wound up rubber bands that are released once her injections are given.

The improved motor function many of these children have realized has contributed to greater social, physical and educational development and has improved the quality of life for both the children and their families.