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Welcome

Our office is continuing to serve families with changes effective in 2021. We  are accepting new patients under 12 years of age only. If you  need an autism assessment, you will need to become and established patient first (see more information below). Before you consider a visit with us please note we are a fee for service practice and do not take any health insurance. You may be able to file for  reimbursement from your health plan if it is private insurance with out of network benefits. If you would like to proceed with scheduling a visit please complete the new patient forms  (green button upper right hand corner of this website).  We will contact you to schedule once we have reviewed your forms and determined your concerns are appropriate to our scope of care.  We have limited new patient appointments available and we are sorry for any disappointment this may cause. We hope you will use the RESOURCES tab on this website to find the help you need and recommend you contact your pediatrician or other specialists in the community (psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, and other behavioral health providers) who can provide assessments for pediatric patients with special health care needs if we are unable to accommodate you.

 

We use a combination of in person and Telehealth visits. Determining which type of visit is best will be based on our assessment of your needs in addition to your preferences and compliance with our office policies. If you are seen in the office only one parent with the child is permitted unless proof of vaccination is provided then both parents may attend if vaccinated (no siblings). At this time we still require masking throughout the evaluation for parent and child (over 2 years of age). Children under 12 yrs remain unvaccinated and we want to protect them and model masking for their benefit.  We know this is an evolving area of guidance from the CDC and other health authorities, and our policies will change reflecting the best available guidance for our setting. 

 

If you have a a Telehealth appointment please read this Telehealth Visit Guide . Below is our telehealth link. You can use it on any device. The same link can be used by multiple parties from different locations for the visit.

Telehealth Link  – https://doxy.me/draronsonramos

 

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER EVALUATIONS (CDE) 

For parents who are contacting us for a CDE – Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation – these assessments are only for families who become patients in my practice. We are no longer able to provide a one time visit for a CDE. If you decide to join our practice as a patient and need a CDE please contact your insurance company before scheduling with us to be sure we can provide you with what is needed as  every health plan is different. Below is the listing of current tests we provide for the CDE. Please note we are currently not performing the ADOS test due to constraints with Covid (a mask cannot be worn for this assessment).

Autism Specific Tests

CARS 2- Childhood Autism Rating Scale

SRS 2- Social Responsiveness Scale

GARS 3 – Gilliam Autism Rating Scale 3

Supplementary tests – Developmental Profile 4, Preschool Language Scale

 

GENERAL INFORMATION 

Judith Aronson-Ramos, M.D., is a Board Certified Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrician. Her medical practice is devoted exclusively to the evaluation and treatment of pediatric patients with challenges in learning, behavior, development, and social-emotional functioning. Dr. Aronson-Ramos has been in practice for over 27 years and is acutely aware of the need for individualized and comprehensive care for children and families provided in a supportive and compassionate setting.

 

During your consultation if a definitive diagnosis is not evident, Dr Aronson-Ramos will focus on addressing the specific areas of need. Treatment supersedes finding the perfect diagnostic “fit”. If an individual has recently completed a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, she will focus on maintaining effective treatment, follow up care, and when indicated, re-evaluation. You will be provided specific recommendations and resources at each visit.  The goal is for families and the patient, to be empowered from the moment you leave the office.

 

If medication is indicated, it will be prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. We emphasize comprehensive as medications alone are  ineffective in leading to a successful outcome. We discuss a range of treatments other than solely medication including exercise, nutrition, traditional and non-traditional psychotherapies, and therapeutic activities (yoga, meditation, hippo therapy, the arts etc.).  Please read, The Five Most Frequently Asked Questions  on our website which answers some of the most common questions we address everyday. It is also important for families to appreciate that medication management requires consistent follow up. Additionally there will be circumstances in medication management where once your child has been stabilized on medication, if sub specialist care is no longer indicated, we will refer you back to your primary care physician for follow up and refills when possible.

Dr. Aronson-Ramos will not replace your general pediatrician or primary care physician. She is a Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrician which is a sub-specialist.  Additionally, there are cases when referral to a different sub specialist (psychiatrist, neurologist, etc.) is the indicated course of action and in these circumstances we will assist to make sure the referral is timely and specific. Though we appreciate you may feel our office is optimal for you and your child, if it is not be the correct clinical setting we will let you know and refer you to the appropriate physician.

 

We are a fee for service medical practice and do not accept health insurance. To obtain reimbursement from your health insurance you will need out of network benefits and to submit the claim yourself. We will provide you with an invoice which contains billable medical codes that you can use to submit your claim to your private health plan. This does not apply to Medicaid and other government insurances. A Health Savings Account, Gardiner Scholarship, or designated medical savings account may be used pay for your visit as well as cash, check or credit card.  Our fees and this policy are explained in detail under the SERVICES tab. We are mindful of the escalating costs of health care and the burden on families. Our fees are slightly below the standard for the local private pay medical community. We provide you with the highest level of service possible in exchange for entrusting your child’s care with our practice . We recommend you view the RESOURCES tab and check listing for publicly funded local services and supports if you are unable to be a part of our practice.

 

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TREATMENT SPECIALTIES

Dr. Aronson-Ramos evaluates and treats a wide range of clinical problems in young children. Areas of specialization include but are not limited to the following:

• ADHD
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Asperger’s Syndrome
• Social Communication Disorder
• Oppositional Defiant Disorder
• Disruptive Behavior Disorders
• Non-specific Challenging Behaviors
• Anxiety Disorders – generalized, phobias, selective mutism, separation anxiety
• Developmental Delays
• Sensory Processing Difficulties
• Developmental Coordination Disorder
• Adjustment Disorders
• Language Disorders
• Learning Problems
• Developmental Issues due to Chronic Disease & Genetic Disorders
• Depression – mild
• OCD – mild to moderate