Diagnosis Search Advice
You noticed something was not right with your child long ago. He or she was not developing like your other child(ren), relatives, neighbors, friends, etc. You consulted the peditrician about a referal to a specialist, but you discovered it takes time before the appointment will happen. What could you do now to prepare for the appointment? I will list some items that you could do now to prepare for the appointment. I recommend organizing this into a notebook or binder to keep the information organized. It can help you get your child diagnosed sooner.
* Detailed list of your child's developmental milestones (listing age and date).
* Letters from therapists (speech, occupational,physical) if your child utilizes their services.
* Letters from teachers, babysitters, and daycare providers. Focus on any traits that they see while in their care.
* Daily diary focusing on all characteristics or traits your child exhibits in daily life including the rare characteristics or traits.
* Results of any prior testing (ekg, genetic testing, formal evaluations, etc.).
* Completed paperwork sent by the doctor.
* Medications your child might be taking at this time.
* Family medical history going back 2 generations (maternal and paternal) at least if possible (cancer, depression, etc.).
* School documents (Individual Education Plan, Section 504, Behavior Modification Plan, school functioning levels, etc.)
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