Hearing and Speech Coordinating Care Teams
Hearing and Speech Coordinating Care Teams

The Hearing and Speech Clinic of Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics works closely with other clinics/departments throughout the hospital. It offers audiology services for the Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic at Children's Mercy Hospital and Children's Mercy South. 

The Audiology Program also works with the Division of Hematology/Oncology to test hearing for children who are receiving chemotherapy. Audiologists work with inpatient teams to see children who may be at risk for hearing loss, such as those treated at Children's Mercy for meningitis or head injuries.

All children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) receive a hearing evaluation before they leave Children's Mercy. Children also receive hearing evaluations who have been referred by health care providers or if they come in for a speech evaluation.

The Hearing and Speech Clinic also works on teams at the following clinics:

Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Clinic

The Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Clinic is located at Children's Mercy Hospital and at Children's Mercy South. It is made up of many specialty sections, including Hearing and Speech. When children with these disorders come to the clinic they have a chance to see many different specialists in one visit. At the end of each clinic, the entire team meets to create a plan of care for each child. The team is made up of the following:

  • Audiology
  • Dental/Orthodontics
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Genetics
  • Lactation
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Speech-Language Pathology

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Developmental Diagnostic Clinic (Autism)

The Developmental Diagnostic Clinic is located at Children's Mercy South. The clinic is a chance for children with an autism spectrum disorder to see many different specialists in one visit. Children and their families will see a specialist from each department during the first visit, which usually lasts 2 to 2½ hours. The following week, children and their families come back to the clinic to meet with the team to interpret and talk about the team's findings. This meeting usually lasts one hour. The team is made up of:

  • Audiology
  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Speech-Language Pathology

For more information, visit the clinic's Web site and select the "Could My Child Have Autism?" link from the menu at www.childrensmercy.org/content/view.aspx?id=11102

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Down Syndrome Clinic

The Down Syndrome Clinic is located at Children's Mercy Hospital. This clinic gives children with Down Syndrome a chance to see many specialists in one trip. The regular clinic is held once a week for children from birth to 10 years. The adolescent clinic is held four times a year for children older than 10 years. The team includes:

  • Audiology
  • Behavior and Development
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pediatrics
  • Speech-Language Pathology

For more information please view the clinic's brochure online at Down Syndrome Clinic Brochure.pdf

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Neonatal Infant Care Clinic (NEON)

The NEON clinic is located on the first floor of the Special Care Clinic at the Children's Mercy Hospital. This clinic is a follow-up clinic for certain groups of high risk infants from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). These groups include infants who graduated from the NICU and required  ECMO or therapeutic cooling, and infants that were diagnosed with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). The NEON Clinic also sees infants with other complex medical problems.

The goal of this clinic is to follow a child's progress after discharge at ages 6 months, 1 year and 4 years, and to address ongoing medical issues. The NEON team includes:

  • Audiology 
  • Neonatology
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Speech-Language Pathology

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