by Amy Edgar
The problem we solve:
Creator: Amy Edgar
Education: University of Pennsylvania DeSales University
Hospital Affiliation: Children's Integrated Center for Success
Title: Nurse Practitioner, Founder
Advanced Degree(s): MSN, APRN, CRNP, FNP-C
At least one time every day, a child, their parent or teacher says a version of the following:
-Child: "I always thought I was lazy and stupid and weird. Now I understand how I am made and what I need to do to feel comfortable in my body."
-Parent: "I always thought it was behavior. That my child was a bad kid. Now I understand how she's built. I understand the difference between something she can control and something she can't control. I also understand now how I can help."
-Teacher: "It's so helpful to have input about what's avoidant behavior and what's the root cause. If we address the root cause, the behavior takes care of itself!"
We call this reversing the "downward spiral."
We are commited to helping "Every Child Every Time". With our collaboration inspired holistic approach to care, children and families are celebrated for their strengths and supported through change. The SUCCESS model utilizes the best of science, medicine, genetics, psychology and engagment to address needs for help. We are also passionate about prevention. We use our understanding of how your child "is built" to help create resilience for the child and family to maximize future success.
There is currently a severe shortage of behavioral health providers in this country. Regionally in PA most children wait for mental health services 6 months or more. Our solution currently provides care for children and families of the Lehigh Valley. Local pediatricians have contacted us directly to say "thank you for improving my quality of life" by providing a quality, referal source for integrated behavioral health services for children. The stress of not knowing how to treat behavioral challenges weighs heavily on primary care providers.
We all want the same outcomes for the children and families to whom we provide care. Imagine what your patients might achieve with a CICS inspired center in your community. Imagine if you could consult CICS specialists for help in caring for the most challenging behavioral health concerns for children. We want to help!
Currently hospitals and medical institutions refer patients to CICS for step down and outpatient care. Hospitals and medical institutions are well situated to adopt aspects of our 360me model. Imagine if you had truly integrated behavioral, developmental, physical healthcare for the children in your community. Imagine if you had a one stop shopping turnkey service to set it up. We'd love to talk about the possibilities.
Flexibility, nimble response to new science, innovation and the creation of the next generation of best practices requires creative partnerships. With our unique data set and ongoing commitment to development, we are positioned to collaborate on projects including medication trials, deep and machine learning in search of predictive algorithms for a variety of mental health conditions in children and the digitalization of tools, and treatments.
How we will improve Depression CareThe real success is the magic that happens with children and families in the course of treatment. For example, in a recent session I reviewed the results of the data with parents of a depressed seven year old boy who also had trouble academically. I explained that his working memory was in the upper 25% which is great but I also told them "Your son's visual motor integration is in the lower 25%. This means that he will have a hard time copying sentences from the board onto his paper." At this point the father burst into tears and the mother explained that they had received a call from the boys teacher while they were in the car driving to this appointment. She said "the teacher was upset with our son because he refused to copy a paragraph from the board onto his paper". Our data collection methods give insight into root causes of mental health concerns that aren't typically discovered or connected.
How we will make the lives of those who suffer from depression betterThe median age of onset for mood disorders in children is age 13. According to Thomas Insel, the former head of the NIMH, "These are chronic disorders of the young. If they are not treated early they can become chronic lifelong conditions." We have a unique evaluation model, an integrated treatment model including physical, behavioral & rehabilitation care and a broad range of treatment pathways. Our integrated approach focuses on the child within the family & the family within the community. By providing a variety of creative & complimentary solutions, we help unlock the potential of each child while enhancing the well being of families. We use the word SUCCESS to describe our services and remind us of our mission which is at the center of everything we do – every child, every time.
Amazing idea! I'm looking forward to seeing all the the amazing things you will do!
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