Children with disabilities are nearly twice as likely to carry excess weight than their typically developing peers. Medication side effects, low muscle tone, sensory issues with certain foods and difficulty managing hunger signals are just a few of the reasons for this.
With the right support from our team of weight management specialists, we will create an individualized care plan that will help your child improve their health in a way that works best for them.
Who we serve
The Special Needs Weight Management Clinic serves children and teens who are carrying excess weight and also have other health conditions, such as:
- Developmental differences, like autism spectrum disorder
- Down syndrome
- Spina bifida and other physical disabilities
- Prader Willi and other genetic causes of obesity
- Intellectual disabilities
- Congenital heart disease
- Early-onset weight gain in toddlers
Your care team
The Children’s Mercy weight management team will work together with your family to incorporate safe and appropriate nutrition and exercise programs into your daily routine. By seeing several specialists in one visit, we can coordinate your child’s care plan and account for any adjustments or accommodations they may need to be successful at home, school or in the workplace.
Your child’s care team includes the following pediatric specialists, as needed:
- Pediatric psychologist
- Pediatric and adult obesity certified physician
- Pediatric nurses
- Pediatric and bariatric certified registered dietitian
- Occupational therapist
- Social worker
We offer genetic testing to all families in our clinic if that is something you would like to pursue.
We will mail you a packet of paperwork before your first visit. Please bring your completed paperwork to your appointment.