Unicorn Children's Foundation Clinics
The Unicorn Children's Foundation Clinics at Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development provide a comprehensive spectrum of services for children and caregivers. With extensive knowledge in child development, clinicians provide expert diagnostic and treatment services to guide caregivers in obtaining the most individualized and up-to-date information. Knowing that children are different helps clinicians understand and respect the uniqueness of each child. We provide the highest level of expertise in our fields and look to caregivers to provide invaluable expertise regarding their child, creating a dedicated team to assist the child in achieving success throughout diagnosis and treatment.
Services provided through the Unicorn Children’s Foundation Clinics include:
- Developmental Assessment Clinic:
- Diagnostic Services: Psycho-developmental evaluations are provided for children 18 months-5 years suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), exhibiting developmental delays, or experiencing early childhood behavioral difficulties. Additionally, the clinic serves adolescents with a prior diagnosis of ASD and/or developmental disabilities for reassessment purposes.
- Autism Education Program: The information provided to families for ASD intervention can be both overwhelming and often times inaccurate. Caregivers struggle to discern quality programs that are evidence-based from those that have little to no success. To address this need, a series of community-based, ongoing seminars and one-on-one caregiver follow-up sessions assist in determining the next steps after diagnosis.
- Feeding Disorders Clinic:
- For children who refuse to eat an adequate volume of food or for those who limit the variety of food they willingly accept, the Feeding Disorders Clinic works with an inter-professional team to support healthy eating habits and transform mealtimes into successful experiences. With the help of behavioral psychology, nutrition, and speech pathology focusing on oral-motor concerns, the clinic provides comprehensive evaluation and intervention services to support the child and the family with feeding difficulties.
- Challenging Behavior Clinic:
- Engaging in significant problem behaviors can isolate children from peers, decrease ability to learn in school, and lead to elevated levels of stress in the home setting. The Challenging Behavior Clinic addresses these concerns through direct support for caregivers via parent training sessions or individual sessions during which the therapist works directly with the child (18 months-8 years). Both of these treatments teach the child adaptive methods to replace problem behaviors with more functional skills.
The Unicorn Children's Foundation Clinics were established through a lead gift from the Unicorn Children's Foundation, which is dedicated to helping all children with communication and learning disorders.