WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOORS OF THE CHILDREN’S CENTER FOR COMMUNICATION AND DEVELOPMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI, you are instantly greeted by children who are more than their diagnoses—children who have defied odds since day one and have established their own milestones for success.
Children enrolled at The Children’s Center present a wide variety of special needs and diagnoses, ranging from (but not limited to) speech, hearing and language disorders, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome to autism spectrum disorder, rare genetic disorders or other conditions related to premature birth.
With a passionate team of specialists, The Children’s Center provides an individualized therapy plan for each child and guides families as they journey through countless challenges and triumphs.
Each infant, toddler and preschooler enrolled at The Children’s Center receives services from a specialized therapy team during small group, center-based programming or through individual, home and community-based programming.
Therapy teams are led by a speech-language pathologist or early oral interventionist and consist of one or more specialists, including a special educator, physical therapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, audiologist or social worker.
- Speech-language therapy
- Special education
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Behavioral therapy
- Auditory-oral therapy
- Hearing evaluations
- Social work services
- Parent education and support
- Professional development for service providers and students
Parents and guardians play an integral role in a child’s success at The Children’s Center. Focused on the child’s individual communication and developmental needs, services are extended to parents and guardians as they encounter obstacles and pathways for treatment and specialized services.
THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE OFFERED TO ALL PARENTS AND GUARDIANS OF CHILDREN ENROLLED:
- Augmentative and alternative communication training
- Support for assistive technology
- One-on-one meetings for support
- Resources to navigate insurance and other available services
- Access to The Children’s Center’s loan library, which includes communication devices, adapted seating, specialized feeding tools, adaptive toys and more