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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find our FAQs, frequently asked questions, regarding some of the details about our practice and how to decide if a consultation is appropriate for you or your child.

A Developmental Pediatric Consultation is a medical evaluation of a child or teen for emotional, behavioral, neurological or developmental concerns. Consultations include diagnostic assessments, treatment planning, and monitoring of a patient’s progress. If indicated medication will be prescribed and monitored. Nutrition, therapies, and additional interventions are always a part of the final treatment plan. If our practice is not the appropriate office for follow up a referral will be provided.

Dr. Aronson-Ramos practices Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics exclusively. She will not replace your regular Pediatrician and she does not provide general Pediatric services (immunizations, sick visits, etc). She will address the specific developmental and behavioral problems which are a concern. She will communicate with your regular doctor and any involved specialists as needed.

A Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician specializes in the treatment of emotional, behavioral, and neuro-developmental problems in children and adolescents. It is a physician who has sub-specialty certification in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, in addition to general pediatrics. For more information and a listing of board certified Developmental and Behavioral Pediatricians contact the American Board of Pediatrics or the Society for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

There is overlap in the services provided by a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician, a Child Neurologist and a Child Psychiatrist. All three specialists treat some of the same populations of children, for example Autism, ADHD, developmental delays, and undiagnosed disruptions in development or behavior. However there are exceptions to some of the children each specialists treats, and there are differences in their clinical approaches. In some cases two or even all three sub specialists may form the best treatment team for a particular patient depending upon the problem. Children with brain tumors, seizures, or primary neurological conditions should be treated by a Child Neurologist. Children with symptoms of schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder or major depressive illness should have the input of a Child Psychiatrist. However, in many of the developmental problems of childhood and adolescence such as ADHD, learning disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delay, Genetic Syndromes, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Language Disorders, Disruptive Behaviors, and abnormal behaviors a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician is able to treat the child and family without the input of other specialists. What many families enjoy about Developmental and Behavioral Pediatricians is the extensive foundation in Pediatrics gives the Physician a strong basis for understanding the developmental and dynamic nature of many problems of childhood. Additionally, the therapeutic interventions recommended are broad, encompassing a wide variety of treatments and disciplines with medication being only one component.

Any child from birth to 18 years, who is not developing typically, who is diagnosed with a specific neurological or psychological problem, or who is experiencing emotional, behavioral, or learning problems is appropriate for a consultation. In some cases a child may not have a specific diagnosis, but the parents are just worried about the child and need help understanding if there is a real problem or if the concern is within normal limits.

Children or adolescents who are actively suicidal, require a psychiatric hospitalization, have a history of multiple prior psychiatric hospitalizations, or are experiencing seizures should be seen by an appropriate sub specialist. We do not treat substance abuse or eating disorders both of which require highly specialized multi-disciplinary treatment centers. We can give you referral information upon request.

Initial appointments for new patients typically consist of a single visit with the parents and the child or teen present called a Treatment Consultation. There will always be an opportunity for the parents and physician to speak without the patient present if that is needed. For a more complete description of the visit see “Consultations” under the Services tab on this website.

Established patients can expect 30-60 minute Follow-Up Visits every three to six months pending the child’s treatment plan. Some patients may need to be seen more or less frequently. Additional appointments are made as needed on an individualized basis.

Phone consultations are available for parents who need extended telephone time or are unable to schedule an office visit. These sessions cannot substitute for face to face visits with your child on a regular basis, but may occasionally take the place of an office visit.

Nurse Practitioner visits are available for stable patients who require only brief medication follow up. These are 15 minute visits and will be available on a case by case basis.

In many cases insurance plans, other than HMO’s or Medicaid, will cover these consultations. However, every plan is different, and I cannot guarantee your insurance company will reimburse you for your visit. I will provide you with a paid invoice which you can submit to your insurance plan. We do not file claims for you and do not have the staff to handle matters related to your insurance coverage. Please be aware Dr. Aronson-Ramos as a highly unique specialist may be covered by your insurance if you specifically request “an out of network exemption”. Full payment for your visit is expected at the time of service (credit cards, debit cards, checks, and cash are accepted). In some cases insurance companies may deny coverage for certain prescription medication. Every effort will be made to cooperate with your health plan to limit your out of pocket expenses for medication. Click here for more information.

If an evaluation was completed recently and is available for review, a single Treatment Consultation (90 min) with the child and the parents will still need to be scheduled. In the case of siblings initial visits may be 60 minutes pending on the circumstance.

Patients may be seen without a referral. Some health plans require a referral from the primary care provider to reimburse you for your visit. If you are knowledgeable about the requirements of your insurance plan, it will maximize the potential for reimbursement for your visits. When a referral is necessary your primary care provider, therapist, or other specialists can make a direct referral.

The developmental pediatric consultation is an attempt to help parents “fill in the gaps” in the medical care of their children with developmental, behavioral and learning difficulties. I will help families determine if assessments are complete and thorough. I will make specific recommendations for further evaluations only if they are truly needed. I will also help to insure that no underlying problems have been overlooked. I am also available for ongoing support as new challenges arise and to monitor a child’s progress.

My Consultations always include the process of helping to uncover the strengths and resources of each and every individual regardless of the underlying concerns. Parents may have lost the ability to see their child’s unique strengths and assets. Sometimes this is due to the negative impact a child may have on the entire family system, making life a daily challenge. It can also be due to a history of diagnostic work ups that have focused exclusively on a child’s deficits. If we are not looking for a child’s positive qualities they may remain hidden from view.

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