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dev ped appt on july 1st

Posted by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:09 AM
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my 5 yr old has an appointment with a developmental pediatrician on thursday for an evaluation for possible asd.....he is mildly cognitively delayed and doesnt understand a lot of things. what are some questions i should ask the dr?  im clueless and want to get a headstart on questions so i can be prepared, thanks ladies!

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navywifey2006
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 8:19 PM

BUMP!

kindheartedgirl
by Member on Jun. 28, 2010 at 8:07 AM

do you have to have a referral from your regular pediatrician? or can you just call and make an appt.?  my daughter already does have a DX, but i need a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, that will be able to monitor my daughter's AS symptoms and help us to manage them. I was told that you needed a referral from a regular pediatrician.  Our dr. referred me to a Dr. in amherst,but he only specializes in ADHD, not AS, so i don't think he'll be that helpful.  I found one in Worcester, while searching online for one, but i don't dare to call her, cuz i might need a referral.

navywifey2006
by on Jun. 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM

i think you need a referral. it wouldnt hurt to ask. there should surely be developmental peds in your area.

Quoting kindheartedgirl:

do you have to have a referral from your regular pediatrician? or can you just call and make an appt.?  my daughter already does have a DX, but i need a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, that will be able to monitor my daughter's AS symptoms and help us to manage them. I was told that you needed a referral from a regular pediatrician.  Our dr. referred me to a Dr. in amherst,but he only specializes in ADHD, not AS, so i don't think he'll be that helpful.  I found one in Worcester, while searching online for one, but i don't dare to call her, cuz i might need a referral.


KyliesMama83
by Member on Jun. 29, 2010 at 6:49 PM

I was just to ask the same thing...my daughter's appt with the psychologist/developmental pediatrician is tomorrow. We already did the initial screening with the pediatrician and I spoke to someone from the specialist office on the phone and she scheduled this appointment and said we will get a diagnosis....not sure at all how it's going to go and what to expect/what to ask. Good luck with your appt!

melissarose72
by on Jun. 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM

My now 3 yr old has been evaluated by dev peds in 2 different states now (at 15 mo & 21 mo). What I remember is her/him asking me/us questions, paperwork we filled out, them trying to get him to complete tasks/play & then hearing their findings.

Hearing the findings was very difficult the first time. ("signs of autism")  The second time (when we got the official dx) was a little easier, but I also had my dh with me that time & we'd sort of come to terms with things. Sort of.

Sorry I can't remember more. The first time was a major shock. So much has happened since then. Just be totally honest with any issues your child has, your concerns, delays or lack of skills, etc.

Japop
by Member on Jun. 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Your developmental pediatrician only makes diagnoses.  There is no cure or well established treatment.  That is the bad news.  The good news is that you have options about interventions that can work with your family.  The pedi should give you, at a minimum:

1. diagnosis- you bring this to your school district to get an IEP (individual educational plan) started

2. referral for speech therapy

3. referrral for occupational therapy

You take all this to your school district and begin to advocate for your childs interventions.  Mostly, educational. 

good luck

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