PREPARING FOR YOUR DEVELOPMENTAL ASSESSMENT VISIT
QUESTIONS YOUR CHILD MAY HAVE ABOUT THE VISIT:
Q. Why am I going to the doctor, I don’t feel sick?
A. Going to a doctor can be scary, it can make children nervous, or they
may be annoyed. It is a good idea to explain to your child why they are
going in the simplest terms. “We are going to meet a new doctor
tomorrow. We will talk, draw, play, and have fun! She will help you to
learn how to be the best you.”
Q. Will it hurt? Are there shots?
A. Nothing at this clinic will hurt you. There will be no shots!
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO BRING
You are encouraged to upload any previous evaluations or documents that
we should review ahead of time through our secure patient portal. If you
cannot, then please bring them with you.
You may want to bring a snack or something to drink. We do ask that you
refrain from bringing sugary dark colored drinks that can stain (e.g. grape
juice, fruit punch.)
We strongly encourage you to bring only the child being seen.
If your child is anxious, you are welcome to bring a toy or object that helps
them feel secure
THE INITIAL CONSULTATION
FIRST VISIT: HISTORY AND NEURODEVELOPMENTAL EXAM (90 MINUTES)
We will review any reports or information you provide (school letters,
evaluations, ECI evaluations, therapist evaluations, previous testing, etc.)
You will have the opportunity to provide a detailed history about your
concerns and clarify any questions we might have after reviewing reports you
We will complete a limited physical examination (specifically assessing for
any physiologic findings that may be associated with your concerns).
A neurodevelopmental examination will be performed.
If additional tests are required for assessment, they will be recommended at
SECOND VISIT: TESTING (60-90 MINUTES)
Formal standardized testing and individual time with the child
Parents may be asked to complete standardized surveys that provide additional
THIRD VISIT: SUMMARY AND RECOMENDATIONS (30-60 MINUTES)
This visit is primarily for parents.
If your child is old enough, we may schedule a portion of this visit to discuss our
findings and educate them at their developmental level
An explanation of our findings and diagnoses will be provided
Recommendations will be discussed, and a final plan will be provided using a
shared decision-making process
A written summary of the assessment and agreed upon plan will be provided via
the patient portal. With your permission, we will also provide a copy to your
primary care physician.
Any follow up visits will be based on your child’s individual needs.
THINGS TO KNOW
We know your time is important and you are busy. We will do our best to
work with you to schedule your appointment at a mutually acceptable time
and day. Since appointments are long, if you need to cancel, please let us
know well in advance (greater than 24 hours) so that we can see someone
else who may be waiting.
Life happens and we understand that at times despite the best planning you
may run late. Please let us know as soon as possible. If you are late, we
may need to shorten your visit to make sure other patients are seen at their
scheduled appointment time. We will schedule a follow-up appointment if