Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Children with heart disease are at increased risk for developmental delays, and some of these problems are subtle or only become apparent as they grow older. Our program provides routine formal developmental assessments to help identify potential developmental problems as early as possible and offer timely interventions to promote best outcomes
Yes. Many children who attend the clinic are already receiving therapies or interventions when they come for their first visit, but they have additional needs or may benefit from additional or increased therapies or medical services. Routine follow-up through our outcomes program provides check-in points to ensure that all of your child’s needs are being met.
During your child's visit, we will ask questions about his or her current development. This will include questions about their motor skills, speech and language skills, and behavior. You may also be asked to complete questionnaires to help us identify any areas of concern prior to the visit. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s development, we encourage you to bring them up at the clinic visit.

The second part of the visit includes testing to assess your child’s motor, cognitive, and speech and language development, and for older children, we will also test their academic abilities. This is done with parents or caregivers present and involves activities that children enjoy. If your child is already in school and learning concerns have been identified, then he/she might also have some additional testing by one of our psychologists.

If we identify any delays or concerns, we will provide you with recommendations that may include referrals for therapies and educational interventions. If there are any medical concerns we will help to have him/her evaluated by the right specialist.

After the visit, you will be given a report that summarizes your child’s current developmental levels and our recommendations.
Our psychologist will ask questions about your child’s current development and will perform neuropsychological testing assessing motor, speech/language, cognitive skills and behavior. This visit is typically longer. This is not to be confused with a psychiatrist, who is a medical doctor specializing in prescribing medication to treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders.
For children under 2 years of age, we recommend appointments occur every 6 months. Visits at 6 and 12 months are conducted by a Board-Certified Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician. Children will then undergo an evaluation with a Psychologist at around 18 months of age then will see their Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician at 24 months. Your child’s progress will determine timing of return visits.
Yes. We can review his/her prior school testing, current school-based interventions, as well as Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) to determine if appropriate services are being provided. We also offer neuropsychological testing, including cognitive, adaptive and academic testing for school-aged children. Our social workers can provide guidance for working with the school as well as community advocacy resources.
Yes. We are able to assess for autism spectrum disorder and provide recommendations when a diagnosis is made. In addition to diagnosing autism spectrum disorder, our social workers are able to provide autism specific resources for families.
Yes. Children with congenital heart disease are at increased risk for ADHD. Evaluation for ADHD includes formal assessment within our clinic and information received from your child’s teacher/school. Management may include behavioral therapy and/or medication as well as educational interventions.