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All scheduled appointments and procedures will happen as planned on Monday, July 22.

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Preparing for Your Visit

Interview for the Neurodevelopmental Clinic or Multidisciplinary Clinic

  • The initial interview for the Neurodevelopmental Clinic or Multidisciplinary Evaluation Clinic is typically an hour or less.
  • During the interview we obtain more information, clarify any questions, and discuss which services are needed. We also discuss payment options and fees.
  • Children under the age of 18 do not typically need to come to these initial meetings.
  • The interview meeting most often takes place closer to the time when an evaluation can be scheduled.

Evaluation

  • An evaluation may take a few hours or it may last a full day or be split between two days, depending on the type of evaluation being conducted.
  • A parent or guardian must accompany the child to the center. It is not necessary for both parents to attend.
  • If you are the guardian or have sole custody of a child, please bring in documentation.
  • Parents/guardians should be prepared to take their child to lunch if the evaluation takes more than the morning. Parents of younger children should also be prepared to stay for the length of the appointment.
  • The evaluation process includes interviews with you and your child and the completion of various paper and pencil checklists, as well as testing. Testing is usually conducted one-on-one with the child or adolescent, and consists of a variety of verbal and nonverbal tests. Parents are not in the room during testing, but are welcome to stay in the waiting room.
  • Please do not bring your child if he/she has an illness that may be contagious (e.g., the flu, chickenpox, conjunctivitis, strep throat). Your appointment can be rescheduled when your child is well.
  • If your child normally takes medication, please discuss this with the clinician prior to the day of testing.