What to expect at the Developmental Delay Clinic
At our clinic, we use your observations along with structured, play-based testing to diagnose any developmental delays. Then, we’ll help you get connected with therapy or other treatments to help your child toward their developmental goals.
Before your appointment
When we call to schedule your appointment, we will send you forms to fill out and return. Some of these will be completed electronically before the visit, and others can be returned when you are seen in clinic.
Your first visit
Most families will have their first appointment with us by telehealth, which will last one to two hours. We look forward to meeting your child at this visit. Your child will be expected to be present for the appointment and participate as they are able.
The developmental-behavioral/neurodevelopmental pediatrician will talk with you and ask questions about your child’s medical and developmental history, your specific concerns and observations, current therapies or services, and anything else that might be relevant to your child’s situation. It’s helpful if both parents or primary caregivers can be present or provide their input to the person attending the appointment.
Your second visit
Next, we’ll schedule an in-person visit to interact with your child and perform any necessary developmental tests. These tests usually feel like play to your child. They include activities like doing puzzles, building with blocks, and interacting with the doctor.
At the end of the in-person visit, we will give you any possible diagnoses and/or suggestions for next steps, as applicable. For most families, next steps usually involve pursuing early intervention services, working with your school district, or beginning additional therapies, depending on your child’s specific needs.
While some families may need to return to Children’s Mercy for follow-up visits, we don’t always need to see you again if you get successfully connected with the right services and your child is doing well. You are always welcome to contact us if you have concerns as your child grows.