The specialist will ask detailed questions in order to ascertain you child's developmental history and the nature of his/her current problems. Details of previous investigations and assessments will also be considered. Previous school reports and/or letters from teachers as well as teacher rating scales or check-lists provide useful information.
You can download a questionnaire by clicking this link DOWNLOAD TEACHER QUESTIONNAIRE.
On arrival at the clinic you will be given a questionnaire to fill in to obtain more detailed information about your child. An initial questionnaire, which you can complete and bring to the appointment, can be downloaded by clicking this link DOWNLOAD PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE.
We do not test hearing and vision at the clinic so it is a good idea to have both of these checked before the appointment. Your family doctor will be able to arrange a referral to an ophthalmologist (a doctor specialising in eye disorders) and an audiologist (a technician trained to test hearing).
Clinical assessment by the specialist includes observation of behaviour, examination of the child's nervous system, and exclusion of any rare genetic disorders associated with learning difficulties. The specialist will also check your child's growth (height and weight). You can reassure your child that he/she will not have to undress for the examination by the developmental paediatrician and that there is no discomfort involved. The examination always takes place in the presence of the parents.