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Pediatrician ordering tests without discussing it with me! EDIT

Anonymous
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Ok so this may sound familiar. My son's Ped put a speech delay diagnosis on his chart without being tested and after we had discussed we would watch him for a few months to see if his words become more clear. His ped said " I'm not really worried about it...just something to watch" I really was not either. I've been working with children for 21 years. He seems fine to me.

Anyways I got a call from a speech pathologist per the order/request of his doctor. Fine! I plan on making him an appointment. It can't hurt...right? Well I just received a letter stating if I haven't already I need to make an appointment with an audiology specialist! Really? That was never discussed as well! I'm going to try and get a hold of his ped. Today and ask him what is going on.

It went from watch him the next couple months to he has a speech delay, needs speech therapy and has to have his ears checked by a specialist.

EDIT: again the problem isn't the testing. I was just surprised because those two things were not discussed. Especially the hearing. I'm calling to make sure. And to be honest in my state they are getting program crazy. Sounds good but really money is behind it. I know this because of my field. I have worked with many children with speech impediments and or delays. I'm not hearing it at all. He just turned 3 and I'm not worried. I'm certainly not worried about his hearing. His doctor said he wasn't as well! This is why he said WAIT a few months! HE SAID THAT! So I'm calling to clarify what is going on.
Posted by Anonymous on Mar. 11, 2016 at 6:40 AM
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ReedusStalker
by 11-15/3-27 on Mar. 11, 2016 at 6:58 AM
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I don't see the issue. The doctor wants to be cautious. No one is forcing you to go. If you don't want the services, don't want him checked, simply don't make the appointments
Rigby229
by on Mar. 11, 2016 at 7:02 AM
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This. It makes sense to check his hearing. They did that with ds who was speech delayed. Either do it or not..it's up to you.

Quoting ReedusStalker: I don't see the issue. The doctor wants to be cautious. No one is forcing you to go. If you don't want the services, don't want him checked, simply don't make the appointments
mommytoeandb
by Ruby Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 7:03 AM
My son's preschool teacher and us to get him evaluated for speech. It was free through the school system so we requested testing. He was totally fine.

We were concerned about our daughter at her 18 month appointment but she caught up by her 24 month one.

I would take my kid. It isn't going to hurt anything.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 11, 2016 at 7:06 AM
What will it hurt to have him checked? Early intervention is beneficial to speech development. If there is an issue, wouldn't you want it addressed sooner rather than later? I really don't see the issue. And most doctors have hearing checked to see if that might be causing the delay.
amje
by Maynard's Bitch on Mar. 11, 2016 at 7:06 AM
The ped should have had someone call you and tell you about the referrals, I suppose.

As a ped, he has to follow through on certain things he makes note of in records. He probably realized that he'd noted it in the charts (or caught it when he finished paperwork and just didn't remember the conversation) and he had to make the appropriate referrals. He has to cover his ass; it's particularly important in his field of work.

Don't make the appointments if you don't want the tests run and evaluation done.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Mar. 11, 2016 at 7:11 AM
How old is your kid? It's not that it would hurt but they're supposed to discuss things with you. They're not authorized to make healthcare decisions. I kept telling our pediatrician that my middle child was fine & was just ignoring her but she insisted I have her checked. So I loaded my 2 kids up & took them & my pregnant ass all the way to the audiologist & got my normally low blood pressure sky high only for me to be proven right that my dd had perfect hearing but was choosing to ignore you if she wanted. She never ignored me but ignored the doctor a lot (I should've taken that as a hint) that doctor was an idiot.
momjeansrcool
by on Mar. 11, 2016 at 7:17 AM

He's taking precautionary measures, he sounds like a good doctor. The speech delay could be nothing, but there's absolutely no harm in ruling out bigger issues. My son had a speech delay and our Doctor said and did the exact same thing. It's just as important to know what isn't wrong so you can rule those out.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 11, 2016 at 7:22 AM
The doctor said watch for a few months and THEN decide if he should be seen by a speech pathologist. So I'm just calling to see if and why he has changed his mind and why he had added the audiology testing. We didn't discuss that at all

Quoting ReedusStalker: I don't see the issue. The doctor wants to be cautious. No one is forcing you to go. If you don't want the services, don't want him checked, simply don't make the appointments
madamlunna213
by Silver Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 7:23 AM
This

Quoting Anonymous 3: How old is your kid? It's not that it would hurt but they're supposed to discuss things with you. They're not authorized to make healthcare decisions. I kept telling our pediatrician that my middle child was fine & was just ignoring her but she insisted I have her checked. So I loaded my 2 kids up & took them & my pregnant ass all the way to the audiologist & got my normally low blood pressure sky high only for me to be proven right that my dd had perfect hearing but was choosing to ignore you if she wanted. She never ignored me but ignored the doctor a lot (I should've taken that as a hint) that doctor was an idiot.
ReedusStalker
by 11-15/3-27 on Mar. 11, 2016 at 7:23 AM
I and others still don't see the issue you are having. He's not forcing you to go. Instead of getting your panties twisted up, relax. You don't have to go.

Quoting Anonymous 1: The doctor said watch for a few months and THEN decide if he should be seen by a speech pathologist. So I'm just calling to see if and why he has changed his mind and why he had added the audiology testing. We didn't discuss that at all

Quoting ReedusStalker: I don't see the issue. The doctor wants to be cautious. No one is forcing you to go. If you don't want the services, don't want him checked, simply don't make the appointments
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