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What do i expect when i take my 4yr old to the Developmental Specialist?

Jamie - posted on 03/22/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I am interested in knowing what types of things the Developmental Specialist's do when i take my son for his evaluation? I dont know what to expect and im anxious to already go but was interested in knowing others experiences. ?

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Stacy - posted on 03/22/2011

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We had our first appointment today. She went over his medical history from birth, 3 pages of milestones, evaluations (we brought in evals from his teachers and other doctors he's seen), and did a brief physical (incl. neurological). She went over ALL the forms we filled out on his habits and issues (plus ones we talked about with her nurse during a phone interview). Then she spent some time with him alone - this week was an IQ test, then we have set up 2 follow up appointments (one for DS alone to do 2 more tests to see where - if any - he falls on the spectrum), another for just me and DH to go over the results and her recommendations. She spent 1.5 hrs with us and it was great, we finally feel like we're on the right track to getting some answers.

Pamela - posted on 03/30/2011

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oh also take in a list of Question type them out as you think of them I leave a document on my desk to and every time I think of a question I right it down then a few days before the assessment I go through the question print them re read them. if your nervous just hand them what you typed out

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Stacy - posted on 03/30/2011

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It's just a diagnosis. You won't be going back unless you need referrals or if they prescribe you medication (then you will have additional follow ups).

Jamie - posted on 03/30/2011

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Since we are just starting out with the evaluation process its taking some time to even get him seen. First off because even going to his regular dr is a huge challenge...I was told he had toddler anxiety at age 2. He has a hard time sitting still and cannot handle waiting rooms AT ALL. He will be fine but once people start to crowd the waiting room he panics, and starts crying saying can we go bye bye, over and over. I want whats best for him & know he has to be seen but we have had to leave several appointments because of this. I told myself just stick it out and let him cry, but i see the panic in his little face and i cant do it. Its VERY frustrating because his drs office is fully aware of his situation and i was told he would be called back right away to avoid the wait. I understand drs offices get busy, but we were there for 45mins sitting in the waiting room!! He doesnt even sit that long in speech class! I am trying a new doctor and hope to go next week for better results because i was told there office is much more understanding and it would be a quick process to get him in and out. All i need is for him to be seen so he can be reffered so he can start OT!! People dont seem to understand the seriousness of it, and think that im "babying" him..and maybe i am alittle but i will never make him feel uncomfortable. So thats what we are doing now, trying a new doctor so he can get the referrals he needs to be seen by OT & a developmental specialist! When he goes to a developmental specialist is it like therapy? Or is it just for a diagnosis? I mean once its determined he doesnt go back right??

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We didn't have a good experience with dev. pediatrics. I much prefer taking my kids to the different specialists, because in the end, the develop. pediatrician can't possibly be an expert in every area (psychiatry, neurology, behavioral health, etc) that a child needs help in. It's less convenient, but I prefer to go to the people who are experts in their particular area. Do you have a choice at least for treatment appointments?

Pamela - posted on 03/30/2011

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HI my son went we he was just under 2.5 we talked had him looked at weighed check and then the IQ test began it did have another name but I forget it. any way its just watching how they play with toys and cut and draw and copy and paste and such. Pead said because of his age we stopped at 45 minutes and picked up 3 weeks later but he told us straight out from reading the reports Cameron wasn't on the spectrum. We have an update appointment but our pead has left so now we get to see a new one and Im sure she might come to her own conclusion whahah.. just relax these people are usually very lovely and know how to deal with children and parents .. unlike some of the OT Ive been to!! heheh

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