What to Expect at a Visit
When you bring your child for a comprehensive evaluation with one of our developmental pediatricians, we will:
- ask you about your child’s medical history, achievement of developmental milestones, and areas of strengths and concerns
- conduct a physical exam that focuses not only on the basics, like height and weight, but also on coordination, reflexes, and muscle tone
- interact with your child and observe how he or she communicates, moves, and plays
To help us identify a problem or make a diagnosis, we may recommend further testing, including speech, fine motor, gross motor, psychological, genetic, or nutritional assessments. Our comprehensive diagnostic approach puts a lot of emphasis on collaboration with other medical specialty areas such as Neurology, Behavioral Health, and Therapeutic Services.
Once the evaluation is complete we will compile a full report of our findings along with specific treatment recommendations, which may include at-home or school-based therapies, Early Intervention services, counseling, and/or medications. We can also offer guidance and referrals about agencies and educational programs that may be helpful to your child.
What may offer the most peace of mind, though, is the fact that we consider our commitment to your child to be a long-term one. That is, as your child grows and his or her needs change, we will continue to work along with your child’s primary care physician to monitor and assess your child’s developmental progress. We are available to provide documentation to schools, and coordinate any necessary changes to the treatment plan. Our ultimate goal is to give you the tools you need to be an effective advocate for your child in every setting.