Initial Visit

Preparing for the Initial Visit

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.  Please bring the following items with you:

  • Referral from your Pediatrician/Primary Care Physician.
  • Name, address, phone, and fax number of your Primary Care/Referring Physician.
  • Name, address, phone, and fax number of your Pharmacy.
  • Copies of lab work, x-rays, MRI scans, etc.  (If you do not have copies of the lab work/scans, please let us know and we will obtain copies on your behalf).
  • All medications that are being taken.
  • Your original health insurance card.

If there are behavioral/developmental issues, please also bring:

  • A baby book with developmental milestones.
  • Teacher reports from as many years as possible, including early elementary school.
  • A written note from current teachers describing their observations.
  • Copies (if any) of psychological or educational testing.

If unusual episodes are an issue:

  • Video taping the event is very important.
  • Also, observe whether the child can be brought out the of the episode by vigorously trying to get his attention.

What happens at the visit?

  • First, we will ask about your child’s medical history.
  • Next, we will perform a neurological exam.  A neurological exam is similar to a physical exam with an extra emphasis on the functions of brain and nerves.  We will take your child through a series of simple maneuvers to test strength, coordination, sensory perception, reflexes, etc.
  • Finally, we discuss your child’s condition with you.  We will go over the diagnosis, explain the need for further testing (if necessary), and implement an action plan to remedy the problem.