SPRING 2010
Center for Independence
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has established a new
Center for Independence, located at Children’s Pine Center in
Wexford. The center, which comprises specialists in Behavioral
Health, Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), and
Speech-Language Pathology, provides interdisciplinary, group-
based programs to children and teens who have mild to moderate
behavioral, developmental, or physical problems.
In some cases, the programming offered at the Center for
Independence will supplement individual behavioral, OT, PT, or
speech services pediatric patients already are receiving. The goal
is to help these children gain necessary social skills to be able to
function successfully in group settings. The group sessions may
provide a place for these patients to practice skills they have
learned in their individual sessions.
Abigail Schlesinger, MD
(left), is the medical
director of the Center for Independence.
“The Center for Independence provides brief,
intensive group treatment designed to help
children and adolescents transition from
individual services into the home and school
setting with ease.“
The center offers a variety of multidisciplinary group
programs, including but not limited to:
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Ready, Set, School!
for children preparing to transition to
kindergarten or 1st grade
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Pathway to Independence
for school-aged children with
physical disabilities to gain self-help skills
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Confident Kids
for school-age children through high school
who need help interacting with their peers in school or
social settings
The center also offers single-discipline group programs,
which include:
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Chatterbox
, a program to help school-age children build
communication skills effectively when interacting with others
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HandwritingWithout Tears
, a developmentally based program
designed to progress a child’s fine motor skills along with visual
skills through fun and interactive activities
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Music to My Ears
, where through the use of music and
movement, children who have varying degrees of hearing
loss will be engaged while developing their listening and
speech/spoken language skills
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More ThanWords
, whose goal is to empower parents to become
the primary facilitator of their child’s communication and
language development, thereby maximizing the child’s oppor-
tunities to develop communication skills in everyday situations
Programs offered at the center are a combination of third-party payor
and self-pay. Parents should visit
for a complete
listing and more information on programs offered at the center.
To begin the intake process, call
724-933-9286
.
Children’s Pine Center also offers the following outpatient
specialty services:
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Adolescent Medicine 412-692-6677
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Child and Family Counseling Center 724-933-3910 or toll-free
1-877-933-3910
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Dermatology 724-933-9190
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Developmental Medicine 724-933-8971 or toll-free 1-877-933-3910
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Neurology 412-692-PEDS (7337)
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Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy (724-933-9250),
and Speech-Language Pathology (Site: 724-933-9270
Scheduling: 412-692-5580)
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Ophthalmology 412-692-8940
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Rehabilitation Medicine 412-692-5097
PROVIDING SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS WITH BEHAVIORAL, DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES
Pediatric INSIGHTS
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CENTER FOR INDEPENDENCE
Children’s Pine Center
11279 Perry Highway
Wexford, PA 15090
Call 724-933-9286 to begin the intake process.
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