Social Work Programs Support Parent and Family Education at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital

January 11, 2024

Image of a projected slide with a picture of a curly haired womanThe Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics and Autism at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine provides diagnostic evaluations and individualized treatment plans for children with autism and other developmental diagnoses. Following the Meyer Center evaluation, each family receives individualized recommendations for care, information about evidence-based interventions including special education, therapies and other community-based services, and guidance about how to best access these services in their local communities. Families are also provided access to Meyer Center educational programs on a variety of different topics. 

 

These educational programs are provided by an incredible team of 5 medical social workers in combination with Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians (DBPs), Psychologists, Nurse Practitioners and DBP Fellows and other trainees.

 

Programs that recur on a regular basis include the following:

  • Wait List Workshop – This workshop is for families whose children are awaiting an evaluation. It provides information about what to expect in the visit and informs families about interim steps they can take and/or local resources they can access while they wait. It is offered in English and Spanish.
  • New Diagnosis Workshop - This workshop is for families whose children have received a new developmental or behavioral diagnosis. All patients with new diagnoses are encouraged to attend as a second part of their initial evaluation after their diagnosis. It is offered in English and Spanish.
  • Parent Support Groups – These sessions provide ways for families to connect and share lived experiences. They occur in both English and Spanish.

 

The following workshops are recorded and available online at any time for families. Recordings are in the process of being translated into Spanish.

  • Leaving The Nest: Venturing Into the World of Preschool and Center-Based Services – This workshop discusses resources and services for preschool age children with developmental diagnoses.
  • From Legos to Literature: Your Child’s Elementary School Journey – This workshop discusses developmental expectations and common behavioral issues for children in elementary school.
  • Middle School Transition Workshop (6-8th grade) - This workshop is for families of children in middle school. It covers developmental expectations as well as vital resources to know for this age group.
  • Preparing for the Adult World (9-12th grade) - This workshop is for families of children in high school. It covers developmental expectations as well as vital resources to know for this transition age group.