Children’s early experiences are critical to their development, learning, behaviour and future health. Compelling evidence suggests that prevention programs are most effective when started early in life.
In February 2012 the Canadian Pediatric Society released a statement suggesting that Canada is not adequately proactive in child healthcare. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association recommend yearly preventive health visits for children, yet despite these recommendations, this has not been typical practice in Canada.
In response to this gap, Copeman Healthcare has developed a unique prevention program designed to provide enhanced evidence- based pediatric care. At Copeman our goal is to deliver the best in prevention, assessment, early diagnosis and treatment for clients of all ages.
To facilitate age-appropriate family, child and adolescent programming, Copeman has hired physicians with pediatric training, top-notch nurse practitioners, and an internationally recognized pediatric psychiatrist, Dr Margaret Weiss. In addition to annual assessments, programming features an educational seminar series for parents to enhance knowledge of key developmental issues.
When children are feeling well, scheduled clinic visits offer an important opportunity to promote timely screening of behavioral, psychological and physical health issues and ensure that immunizations are up to date. Core services delivered by nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians can be augment- ed as needed by referrals to child psychologists, neuropsychologists, dietitians, physio- therapists and exercise medicine specialists. Our pediatric care team can also arrange in-house concussion baseline assessments, concussion management services and ADHD diagnosis and treatment.
As with adult services, we strongly believe that children and adolescents should enjoy the very best programs of prevention and management. Family Centered Care is a well- studied and effective method of meeting this objective. This approach has allowed us to recognize the vital role that families play in ensuring the health and well-being of infants, children and adolescents.
We acknowledge that emotional, social, and developmental support is essential to fostering a happy and healthy family and we look forward to working with you in the weeks and months ahead to achieve this goal. Copeman Kids is currently operating at the West Vancouver Centre and will be available at the Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton Centres starting October 1st. The program includes comprehensive annual assessments, episodic care and educational programming.