Prepare for a Visit
What happens at the visit?
As in any medical visit, first we gather information with a history. We discuss your child's development, and discuss how each and every problem unfolded through the years. We want to know how the child and his/her family got to their current states. We inquire into the whole range of frequently co-occurring conditions, such as ADHD, organization, autistic spectrum disorders, tics, anxiety, learning disabilities and more. Next we screen for developmental and/or academic skills. During the formal neurological examination, we ask the child to go through a series of simple maneuvers, such as coordination, strength, sensory, reflex, and walking tests. In essence, these procedures allow us to take a "tour" around the patient's brain, checking out the function of different brain parts. As part of the information gathering process, we review any previous evaluations that have been done.
Next, we talk with the parent and/or child. We go over each diagnosis, explaining the etiology of each issue. We discuss further testing (if any).
Most importantly, we use these diagnoses to plan remedies for the problem(s). During follow up phone calls and visits, we work together to carry out and adjust our treatments.
How should parents prepare for the visit?
Most importantly, reassure the children that there are no needles during the office visit. Nothing hurts! In fact, most children actually enjoy the examination, which is usually done in a relaxed (often playful) style.
If development or school difficulties are an issue, please bring:
- A baby book with developmental milestones.
- Teacher reports from as many years as possible, including early elementary school.
- A written note from current teachers describing their observations.
- Copies of any psychological or educational testing.