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Pediatric Programs

Pediatric Services

Community Outreach in Bay County - Pregnancy through Toddler

Annual Community Baby Shower -- This "Celebration of Families" is a community event that provides information on area prenatal and parenting resources, as well as educational seminars, lunch, and shower prizes for those families in attendance. This event serves expectant families, as well as those with a baby up to 4 months of age. 

Annual community baby shower
Family with wagon

 

Rock & Rest Station  - McLaren Bay Region collaborates with the Bay Area Breastfeeding Coalition to provide Rock & Rest Stations for families with babies. These stations furnish a shady place for parents to feed and change their baby as well as bottled water for that much needed "hydration break." These stations are provided at community events such as the 4th of July and Tall Ships Festivals 

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people at marina
sailboat

 

Annual World Breastfeeding Walk - McLaren Bay Region collaborates with the Bay Area Breastfeeding Coalition in holding this yearly community awareness event in support of Breastfeeding. This walk takes place along Bay City's beautiful friendship shell and includes lunch and drawings for prizes.

 

crowd at breastfeeding walk
downtown Bay City
children having fun

 

March of Dimes -- March for Babies Annual Event - McLaren Bay Region participates as a sponsor for this event and is represented by a team of walkers made up of McLaren Bay Region employees and their families.   The 3-1/2 mile trek to support this very worthy cause is well attended.

 

march of dimes volunteers
 
women pushing stroller

 

Safe Journey - Substance Abuse by Expectant Mothers -  Safe Journey is a task force formed in light of the alarming increase in the number of expectant mothers using harmful substances during pregnancy, which often has very detrimental effects on these newborns.  The consequences become long term due to the effects on growth and brain development.  The goal of Safe Journey is to bring awareness to this very important issue in an effort to decrease the incidence of drug/substance use prenatally.  A fundraiser was held at Kingfish.

Safe Journey crowd
man pointing
woman speaking to crowd


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Pediatric Rehab

Rehab Goal:  Our program is dedicated to helping children of all ages reach their highest potential.  We assist each child in gaining functional independence, interacting with friends and family and getting back to fun childhood activities.

pediatric therapy

The pediatric rehab program at McLaren Bay Region is staffed by an experienced and committed group of pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapists. Our therapists share a broad knowledge in neurodevelopmental treatment, sensory integration and childhood development. Whether it is an orthopedic condition or a neurological impairment, our specialists work closely with the physician and family to develop a plan of care that meets the unique, individual needs of the child. Each session is individualized, child-friendly, and play-based to maximize the child's functional outcomes. We strive to empower the patient and family by involving them in the plan of care and offering education during each session.

The goals of Pediatric Physical Therapy include:

  • working toward increasing independence and participation
  • facilitating motor development, function and joint mobilization
  • improving strength, endurance, balance and coordination
  • enhancing learning opportunities
  • easing challenges with daily living
  • improving cognitive processing (attention) and sensory processing (integration)

Conditions treated in our Pediatric Program:

pediatric rehab
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • General Orthopedic/Sports Medicine Conditions
  • Hemiparesis / Hemiplegia
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Sensory Integration
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Neurological Impairment
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Torticollis
  • Tone Abnormalities
  • Toe-Walking
  • Spasticity
  • Speech & Language Impairments
  • Difficulty Swallowing/Feeding
  • Growth Failure
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Genetic / Metabolic Disorders
  • Developmental Delay
  • Chronic Illness

Therapy Strategies:

  • Self-help techniques
  • Therapeutic play
  • Mobility and range of motion
  • Strength, balance, and coordination
  • Fine and large motor skills
  • Family/caregiver education
  • Splints, casts, and specialized equipment
  • Sensory integration therapy
  • Oral motor therapy
  • Feeding
  • Communication strategies

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