January 22, 2004 -- Posted at 3:35 PM CST
JONESBORO - Once a month, the Dr. Charles and Frances Kemp Wellness Center in Jonesboro hosts a 'Special Needs Clinic Day' in order to bring together in one place all the services and needs that go along with caring for special kids.
Parents of special needs children come under stress many times trying to find the right place with the right professional speciality for the care their child requires. The Jonesboro clinic strives to provide a solution to this logistical problem by bringing medical professionals in to a single location and offer a multitude of services from dealing with paperwork for a new wheelchair, to specially fitting braces or shoes, even breathing and communication devices.
Participating medical professionals agree that a special needs clinic can make a big difference for patients by saving valuable time and introducing some opportunities for cooperation that did not exist before. In additional to patient families, the pediatricians can confer with one another about such things as nutritional, speech, and therapy needs the children require.
The United Cerebral Palsy offers a financial boost to pay for medical services and equipment at the clinic when Medicaid and private insurance is inadequate, or simply do not cover a service or item.