Expert Care for Your Growing Baby

At the NICU Development Clinic of Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, we care about the long-term success of your baby and are here to help keep them on track for a healthy and happy childhood. That’s why our relationship doesn’t end when your baby leaves the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

After your baby comes home, it’s our goal to help safeguard the development of your little one. We’ve found that babies who needed NICU care are at a higher risk to experience developmental and/or growth delays.

By assessing your child and noting any delays or potential barriers to development, we can take the right measures early on to set your baby on a healthy and happy course for life.

How We Work

During your visit, your child will be seen by a nurse practitioner and a team of therapists who will assess your child’s growth and overall development. As part of their assessment, the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development will be performed to determine if there are any delays or concerns with your child’s development.

What to Expect

While every baby takes their own unique path of growing and developing, we have found that it’s helpful for parents of babies who have spent time in the NICU to recognize that their child may mature at a different rate.

Most timelines for growth and development are based on the assumption that the child was born on or around the due date. However, research shows that babies born prematurely are best measured according to their adjusted age until the age of 2. To determine this, we take your baby’s age and subtract the number of weeks they were born prematurely. For example, if your baby is five months old (20 weeks), but was born two months prematurely (8 weeks), then their adjusted age is three months (12 weeks).

Explaining Your Visits

Your child’s first visit will be scheduled after they have been discharged from the hospital. Subsequent visits tend to take place every 6 months.

Visits typically last from 60 to 90 minutes. This enables our team to perform a comprehensive assessment, then provide you with immediate test results and recommendations.

During your visit:

Meet the Team

Your child’s assessment team may include:

Patient Parking

Please note that parking can be found to the right of the front of our building. A parking pass will be provided.

50 Sturtevant St.
Orlando, FL 32806

More parking is available in the parking garage located next to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children at:

92 W. Miller St.
Orlando, FL 32806

Referral Information

Pediatricians with a patient who needs to be evaluated by the clinic can call (321) 841-8532 or fax a referral to (321) 841-6451.