“Child development does not mean developing your child into the person you think they should be, but helping them develop into the best person they are meant to be” Toni Sorenson
A developmental pediatrician can perform a physical exam, administer neurodevelopment testing, interpret the result of evaluations from other disciplines (psychology, OT, PT, ST), and determine possibility of an underlying medical condition. A developmental pediatrician can provide prescriptions for therapeutic modalities, further diagnostic testing, and/or medication. Recommendations are made within the context of community and family. Developmental pediatricians often act as liaisons between educators, primary care physicians, neurologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists. Due to the complexity of developmental issues, a child is usually followed long-term by a developmental pediatrician.
WHEN SHOULD YOU CONTACT A DEVELOPMENTAL PEDIATRICIAN
Anytime there is a concern regarding your child’s development! Parents have great insight into their child’s developmental skills and are best at determining the need for a developmental evaluation. A recommendation for an evaluation could also come from primary care physicians or other medical care providers, educators, psychologists, or occupational/physical/speech therapists. Concerns could include, and are not limited to:
Attention or focusing issues
High activity level
Poor organizational skills
Frequently losing items
Forgetting to hand in assignments
Learning issues in reading, spelling, math, or writing
Difficulty retaining previously taught academic material
Struggles with social skills
Delays in acquiring language milestones
Delays in acquiring motor milestones or motor clumsiness
Unusual manner of playing with toys
Poor eye contact
Unusual eating habits
Emotional or behavioral issues
Low or high muscle tone
Vocal or motor tics
DOES DR. Willems ACCEPT MEDICAL INSURANCE?
Dr. Willems is an out of network physician. She provides families with a billing sheet with diagnostic and procedural codes that families can submit to medical insurance providers and HSA/FSA for reimbursement (health savings accounts or flexible savings accounts). Referrals are not required. Payment in the form of cash, debit card or credit card (Visa or MasterCard) is expected at the time of the appointment. Please contact your medical insurance provider directly with questions pertaining to your out of network benefits and deductible.