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ACES (Activating Children Empowering Success) Clinic

The ACES Clinic at Dell Children’s Medical Center provides multidisciplinary and comprehensive evaluation, management, and treatment for obese children and teens, ages 2 through 18 years. Children are evaluated by a pediatrician with expertise in childhood obesity. Nutrition, physical activity and psychological assessment, counseling and guidance are critical components of treatment that are also provided for each patient..

Team Members:

Change is usually challenging and that is why we have assembled an expert team to help you and your family find success. Our team includes

Pediatricians
Registered nurse/Certified Diabetes Educator
Dietitians
Licensed Clinical Social Workers
Athletic Trainer
Recreation Therapist
Child Psychologists

Services Provided:

Medical management of childhood obesity complications
Nutrition assessment and counseling
Physical activity assessment and counseling
Social services for families
Psychological/mental health and behavior change counseling

Referrals:

To participate, the program requires:

  1. Patients aged 2-18 years old whose BMI ≥ 99 percentile for age and gender or those whose BMI is ≥ 95 percentile for age and gender and who have a complication of pediatric obesity. Your doctor can tell you if your child meets this requirement.
  2. Clearance from your doctor.
    Your primary care provider must refer you to this program. A 2-page pre-participation form must be completed and returned to our office. Parents/Guardians must complete page 1, and your doctor must review and complete page 2 and sign page 1 and 2.

    Please fax the completed form to: (512) 406-6520, or mail to:

    Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
    Carmen Torres
    Patient Access Representative II
    4900 Mueller Blvd.
    Austin, TX 78723

    Phone: (512) 324-9999, ext. 86437
    Fax: (512) 406-6520

    Once we have received the form, we will contact you to schedule a new patient appointment. Please note that we have a limited number of spots in the program, so if the current session is full, we'll put you on the priority list for future sessions.
  3. Commitment to attend all sessions.
    Parents and caregivers support is essential for success; thus, parent/guardian attendance at the clinic visits as well as their active collaboration in the treatment program is mandatory.

Clinic Visits:

At the initial consultation visit you will meet one of our pediatricians and one of our mental health/behavior change experts. They will provide a comprehensive evaluation, assessment and order any additional labs and studies that will be helpful when developing your treatment plan. We will then schedule you for a follow-up visit two weeks following the initial visit.

At the first follow-up visit you will review your lab work with one of our pediatricians and will also work with additional members of our team, including our dietitian, recreation therapist and social worker.

Follow-up visits will then be set depending upon your needs, usually every 1-2 months. Our visits are longer than a typical visit to the doctor or dietitian, because we have multiple team members who work with you to develop the best possible plan. Making healthy changes is a gradual process and will take some time, but we are committed to working with you to find success.

Our child psychologist is available for consultation and individual counseling as needed.

Attire:

Please bring your child dressed in light gym shorts as well as a light t-shirt for their appointment.

Location:

Marni Paul Specialty Care Center,
Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas,
4900 Mueller Blvd., Austin, TX 78723.
Located on the 2nd floor
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Please park in Out Patient Parking, in the parking lot on the South-East side of Dell Children’s.

Contact Us

Diolanda Lovings
Department Assistant
4900 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723

Phone: (512) 324-9999, x86437
Fax: (512) 406-6520
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