Volume VI, Issue 4
An e-newsletter of the J. D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities
Mobile screening program offers information, free
screenings to families of children with special needs
Families in southern Oklahoma who have children with disabilities learned about services
to assist their children during a
mobile screening program offered by the McCarty Center on
Families had the opportunity to meet with the McCarty
Center's screening team from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Johnston
County Library, 116 W. Main in
Tishomingo, to find out about
resources available to children
through the McCarty Center and
through state and federal programs.
The hospital's team also
offered free autism spectrum
disorder screenings and free
screenings to families to determine if their children qualify for
inpatient evaluation and rehabilitative services at the McCarty
Typically, a family must
travel to Norman for a screening.
Now, the mobile program brings
that service to them, along with
information about other programs
in the state that can benefit children with special needs.
Susan Long, RN, (left) and Saundra Myers-Johnson,
psychological clinician, evaluate Layla Gonzales at the
Johnston County Library in Tishomingo on Oct. 5.
The screenings consisted
of interviews with parents and their
children about the child's medical,
social and behavioral history. The
screening team is made up of a
nurse, social worker and psychological clinician.
The team shared information
about the hospital's comprehensive inpatient evaluations, inpatient
respite care and outpatient services,
said Richard Mann, the hospital's
director of social services and a
coordinator of the mobile program.
The McCarty Center started the mobile program in April to
reach more families in Oklahoma
and learn more about the needs
they face. The McCarty Center
provides medical care and physical, occupational, speech and
language therapy for children on
an inpatient and outpatient basis
and serves children from birth to
"We want to create opportunities for more of Oklahoma's
children with special needs to be
reached and served by our staff,"
said Vicki Kuestersteffen, director
and CEO of the McCarty Center.
Kuestersteffen said another goal of the mobile program
is to reach out to families who
live in counties that are under-
served by the hospital. Last year
the hospital provided services to
children from 57 of Oklahoma's
"We're trying to eliminate
that distance barrier by going to
them," she said. "We're bringing
our staff and their expertise to
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