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“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
    Easy distractibility
    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
    Self-stimulatory behaviors
    Unusual manner of playing with toys
    Poor eye contact
    Anxiety
    Sleep difficulties
    Unusual eating habits
    Emotional or behavioral issues
    Low or high muscle tone
    Toe walking
    Vocal or motor tics
    Sensory concerns
    Premature births
 

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.

 
The office is located in the white cottages in Lexington Court, not the large office bldg.