If you have a child with a chronic condition or special needs, how do you take care of that child on a daily basis? Where can you take that child for the proper care when you need to go to work or school? Here’s why our PPEC daycare may be the right choice for your child.
How Our Daycare Stands Out
PPEC daycares provide medical treatments as well as the typical education and development activities for children with special needs. These centers are supervised by professionals with experience in the field of medicine, such as doctors, nurses, and therapists.
A Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (PPEC) center allows Medicaid-eligible children from birth through age 20 with medically-complex conditions to receive continual medical care in a non-residential setting. If approved for this care, children can attend a PPEC up to 12 hours per day while receiving nursing services, personal care, developmental therapies, and caregiver training.
A PPEC center is like a daycare, but more comprehensive—designed to give children with complex medical conditions (also known as “special needs”) quality medical care in the least restrictive environment possible. This environment allows children to thrive as well as their parents.
PPEC daycares are designed to provide medical care and developmental services while also teaching parents and caregivers how to continue providing medically-focused care at home.
PPEC Daycares Are Different From Other Daycares
At our PPEC daycare centers, we provide medically-focused care for children who have special needs. This means that we are equipped to handle a wide range of health problems and issues. Our centers are staffed by professionals with experience in the field of medicine, such as doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, therapists, and child life specialists. Our centers have state-of-the-art equipment and tools that allow us to monitor patients’ conditions 24/7 and respond quickly when issues arise.
We keep a close eye on your child’s nutrition, hydration levels, weight gain or loss, medications intake and more so that we can be proactive about their health care needs. We also help you understand your child’s condition so that you can support their long–term health and healing process at home. We understand how stressful it can be when your child has special needs or is chronically ill, but we also know that you want the best for them—even if it means taking them out of school or regular daycare for a little while to get the medical attention they need.
That’s why our PPEC daycares provide a safe place where your child can receive the medical care they need, while you can still work without worrying about them. We also believe that our patients should have fun despite their health issues, and so we have fun activities that allow your child to be a kid again.
At First Kid’s PPEC, we are committed to helping your child live a happy and fulfilling life. Our PPEC daycare in Lauderhill is staffed with the best professionals in the field of medicine who understand how stressful it is for parents when their children are sick or ill. We will provide your child with the best care possible so that you can rest assured that he or she is well cared for while you continue to focus on your responsibilities at home or at work.
Speech Therapy at Our PPEC Daycare in Lauderhill
Does your child have a medical condition that makes communication challenging? The purpose and goal of speech therapy is to facilitate communication and make it easier for the patient. Speech therapy has been successful for treating speech disorders and conditions affecting the way an individual is able to communicate. A licensed speech language pathologist (SLP) will determine what methods a child will benefit from. Being able to express needs, wants, thoughts and emotions is what speech therapists aim for at First Kid’s PPEC.
The SLP will evaluate the child and formulate a care plan specifically designed to address the barrier/need. Most therapy sessions are designed with the intent for the child to see this as a positive and fun experience. At times it might seem like the child and therapist are playing a game. Therapeutic fun activities such as, popping bubbles or a simple game of ‘ blowing the tissue’ is actually teaching them to use their muscles to create a word. At First Kid’s PPEC, our licensed speech therapists work with your child to improve their overall day-to-day communication skills and vocabulary.
Speech therapy is also used for individuals with feeding difficulties or swallowing disorders. G-tube feeders that are transitioning to oral feeding, also require speech therapy as they will need to learn how to feed by mouth. For children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) in particular, can be very selective (picky eaters) and feeding time is often met with a lot of resistance from care givers.
Goals for SLP is for the child to select different food choices which will lead to healthier and more nutritional meals. Communicating the child’s individualized needs with caregivers, nursing, and staff will ensure successful treatment and thus being able to reach their potential. First Kid’s PPEC believes in individualized/ patient center care as every child is unique in their own way. This belief ensures that each child is receiving care that has been designed specifically for them in an atmosphere they look forward to each day.
Call now and learn about how our PPEC daycare can be fully covered by Medicaid for your child!