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Need Resources for a Medically Fragile Child? The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center Can Help

Established in 1893, The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center supports the health and well-being of children and families through services which establish and strengthen the family.

Caring for a medically fragile child is complex work. We understand the unique challenges that families face and work to provide key resources to ensure they have all the tools they need to succeed. At The Children’s Home, we are pleased to offer two key resources for families caring for a medically fragile child.

Child’s Way is a Pediatric Extended Care Center for medically fragile children located within The Children’s Home. At Child’s Way, our nurses and teachers care for infants, children, and youth up to age 21. Children enrolled at Child’s Way qualify for in-home nursing, have short-term medical needs, and/or have long-term medical needs, including ventilator-dependent children. Child’s Way operates much like a typical daycare but with before- and after-school care and summer programming available for older children. We’re now enrolling babies, toddlers and preschool aged kids. To learn more about our programs and enrollment call our Admissions Case Manager Courtney Stevenson at (412) 441-3020.

Pediatric VIEW is another resource that families can use to improve their child’s quality of life. The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh is excited to announce our partnership with Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy, Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) specialist. She brings with her years of research and expertise. Christine established the Pediatric VIEW Program in 1999 as one of the follow-up programs affiliated with a Pittsburgh-based neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“Dr. Roman has charted the waters in changing the lives of children with CVI. I am forever grateful to her and the work she’s done for my son and other children with CVI.”   
- Family of a patient that traveled from Kansas to get treatment

CVI is a neurological disorder affecting the visual part of the brain. CVI can be misdiagnosed as autism, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and/or another cognitive impairment. CVI can be identified as early as birth but can be diagnosed and treated at any age. Early identification is key to optimizing a patient’s ability for improvement. Patient’s visual function can improve by conducting the CVI range assessment, interpreting the results and planning personalized interventions. Through her program, Dr. Roman-Lantzy has treated more than 1,200 children and youth up to age 21, worldwide.

To learn more about Child’s Way, Pediatric VIEW, and the other programs and resources available through The Children’s Home, visit www.childrenshomepgh.org or call (412) 441-4884.

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