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Child Development and Behavior

A passion for miracles

Javon Bea Hospital-Riverside provides a variety of inpatient and outpatient child development and behavior services.

Inpatient and outpatient care

Inpatient care is for children who need constant medical care. Outpatient care is for medically stable children who require intensive therapy. We offer different types of therapy appropriate for children with delays and challenges.

Multidisciplinary team

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists works with:

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates who were hospitalized for a time after their birth due to complications from prematurity or illness
  • Children with developmental delays or suspected developmental delays — issues with language or speech; movement, balance, or dexterity; vision; social or emotional skills; and cognitive (thinking) skills
  • Children with behavioral challenges
  • Families in need of intensive support for a child with delays

NICU Follow-Up Clinic

Transitioning to home from an intensive care with a fragile infant is challenging for even the most prepared families.  Families need specialized nursing, developmental, and growth/nutritional guidance.  Follow-up clinic staff members are experts on the impact of illness and prematurity in the early years of life.

NICU graduates are at a higher risk for developmental and growth delays.  Periodic evaluations provide reassurance children are doing well, and they provide the support children need if challenges emerge.

New medical problems occur after some newborn conditions.  Recognition of problems and recommendations for medical management are also functions of the clinic.  Recommendations are always sent to pediatricians, who remain the primary care providers.

Additional services

We also offer a developmental diagnostic clinic and child psychology services.

Level III Regional Perinatal Center

Mercyhealth’s Child Development and Behavior department, part of the Northwest Illinois Regional Perinatal Center,  is located on the Mercyhealth Riverside Campus.

To make an appointment with one of our providers, call (888) 39-MERCY.

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Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside

8201 E. Riverside Blvd.
Rockford, IL 61114

Phone: (815) 971-7000
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