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Pediatrics

Helping Children Thrive

Four-state families in need of comprehensive, advanced pediatric care turn to Freeman Health System. Providing an unsurpassed level of pediatric care, Freeman offers both medical and behavioral services for children of all ages, from our neonatal intensive care unit for premature or critically ill newborns to treatment for children living with autism. Freeman is the region’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and is the only southwest Missouri health system bringing to Joplin the specialized pediatric care offered by nationally recognized Children’s Kansas City.

Freeman provides the region’s most comprehensive pediatric care, such as:

  • Pediatric primary care, including well-child visits, immunizations, checkups and more
  • Pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Will’s Place, a healing center for children that provides mental and behavioral healthcare
  • Inpatient pediatric care
  • Clinics with Children’s Kansas City, featuring specialized cardiology, endocrinology/diabetes, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, nephrology, rheumatology and telemedicine care
  • Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, providing autism treatment
  • Neonatal intensive care for premature or critically ill newborns
  • Financial assistance through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Pediatric Services

    Our focus is developing the motor skills children need to function at home, school and play. We strive to help children achieve independence in all areas of their lives.

    Freeman pediatric occupational therapists evaluate and treat children who have experienced:

    • Developmental delays
    • Sensory processing disorders
    • Orthopaedic surgery or injuries, including sports injuries
    • Visual impairment
    • Traumatic amputations
    • Severe limb injuries, including brachial plexus injuries (injuries that occur in the network of nerves that sends signals from your spine to your shoulder, arm and hand)
    • Chronic illness
    • Burns
    • Brain injury
    • Cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological diseases
    • Cancer
    • Autism-related disorders

    Treatments focus on:

    • Range of motion
    • Bilateral coordination
    • Fine motor, visual motor and visual perceptual skills
    • Sensory processing skills
    • Dressing and grooming skills
    • Handwriting skills

    Our occupational therapists can also evaluate a child’s need for splints, wheelchairs and sensory aids, as well as daily bathing and dressing equipment.

    Freeman pediatric physical therapists work with children with medical or developmental disabilities to help them perform skills and tasks needed to resume daily activities. Children learn specific exercises designed to help them regain strength and range of motion, while relieving their pain. They also learn how to prevent a recurring injury.

    Our therapists provide evaluation and treatment for:

    • Amputations
    • Cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, spina bifida, and other neurological diseases
    • Developmental motor skills
    • Joint mobility
    • Orthopaedic injuries
    • Postsurgical therapy
    • Spinal cord injuries
    • Splinting and bracing
    • Torticollis (tilted head or difficulty turning neck)
    • Wheelchair and therapeutic needs

    Treatments focus on:

    • Balance and coordination
    • Endurance
    • Strength improvement
    • Posture
    • Range of motion

    Freeman pediatric speech therapists provide evaluation and treatment to help children raise their skills to an age-appropriate level. Depending on the child’s age and medical problem, therapy may be short- or long-term.

    We offer treatment in the following areas:

    • Articulation and stuttering
    • Augmentative communication selection and training
    • Central auditory processing disorder
    • Expressive and receptive language and speech sound disorders
    • Feeding and swallowing disorders
    • Oral-motor difficulties
    • Voice therapy

    Treatments focus on:

    • Learning new sounds or words
    • Modifying behavior that interferes with social interaction and vocabulary skills
    • Improving speech through muscle stimulation
    • Improving language skills
    • Retaining skills at risk due to disorder or disability
    • VitalStim® Therapy to improve functional swallow

    VitalStim® Therapy, an electrical stimulation modality, is often combined with swallowing exercises to accelerate and restore swallowing functions. We are proud to offer this therapy service to patients in the Four States. We partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States to provide families with much-needed help and support.

    Helpful Resources

      Freeman Health System is proud to partner with Children's Mercy and Pediatrix Cardiology to provide additional services to the Joplin community.

      Child Care Locations

      Freeman Children's Clinic

      Joplin, MO

      Freeman Children's Clinic

      417.347.8750

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      Freeman Pediatric Partners

      Joplin, MO

      Freeman Pediatric Partners

      417.347.2229

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      Freeman Neosho Physician Group

      Neosho, MO

      Freeman Neosho Physician Group

      417.455.4278

      Freeman Pediatric Care

      Joplin, MO

      Freeman Pediatric Care

      417.347.5437

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