Treatment starts with effective and highly individualized goal setting. Because different chronic illnesses require various interventions and intensities of medical services, Cumberland’s Chronic Illness Program offers a wide variety of therapies and activities designed to meet the individual needs of each patient’s medical, social and emotional health. After a patient’s initial evaluation, our clinical staff develop a master treatment plan that takes into account that child’s unique, specialized needs. The length of stay at Cumberland varies according to the diagnosis and the individual child’s needs.
Using the interdisciplinary treatment team approach, a pediatrician with training in adolescent medicine leads Cumberland’s clinical team. The team includes a combination of the following pediatric trained professionals: nurses; registered dietitian; occupational therapist; speech/language pathologist; physical therapist; psychotherapist; psychologist; behavior specialist or analyst; neuropsychologist; recreational specialist; behavioral counselor; teacher and case manager. The patient, family and involved professionals from the child’s community are an integral part of the treatment team. The team meets regularly to set goals, develop treatment plans and review progress.
Cumberland’s clinical assessment and treatment often involve consultations with various pediatric specialists. Consulting specialists collaborate with the primary physician at Cumberland and provide input to the treatment plan. On-site specialists include an endocrinologist, physiatrist and psychiatrist. Other consultants include but are not limited to a neurologist, cardiologist, nephrologist, gastroenterologist, urologist and hematologist.