Nutritionists are an integral part of the interdisciplinary early intervention team for infants and young children with special health care needs. Nutrition staff includes four master-level Registered, Licensed Dietitians who travel to eleven KIDS FIRST medical day clinics across Arkansas. Nutrition staff members are actively involved in state and national professional organizations and seek to provide the highest quality of nutrition services to all children enrolled. The American Dietetic Association’s recommended nutrition care process protocol including a nutrition diagnosis is included in all nutrition intervention plans.
Following Baby Back Home
Medical & Nursing Services
Registered nurses provide specialized pediatric nursing care for all of the children at KIDS FIRST. These clinical coordinators communicate the child’s health progress to everyone involved with the child’s health – the KIDS FIRST medical director, the child’s primary care physician, subspecialists such as neurology or orthopedics, or other KIDS FIRST team members such as LPNs and nursing assistants, therapists and nutritionists. Using Family-Centered Care principles, our nurses help each family learn the best ways to maximize their child’s health.
Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy
The path to meeting the needs of a young child with medical and developmental concerns can be a disconcerting one for parents and caregivers. KIDS FIRST social workers are well-versed in recognizing and responding to the challenges experienced by families. As part of a child’s treatment team, social workers meet with parents at the point of entry, aid with their child’s transition into the program and provide continued support and advocacy throughout the child’s tenure in the program. Each of KIDS FIRST’s eleven sites provides services by a licensed social worker.