As in any medical visit, first we gather information with a history and neurological examination. During the neurological exam, we ask the child to go through a series of simple maneuvers, such as coordination, strength, sensory, reflex, and walking tests. In essence, these procedures allow us to take a "tour" around the patient's brain, checking out the function of different brain parts. When appropriate, we also screen for developmental and/or academic skills.
Next, we talk with the parent and/or child, going over diagnosis, further testing (if any); and, most importantly, a plan to remedy the problem.
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Most importantly, reassure the children that there are no needles during the office visit. Nothing hurts! In fact, most children actually enjoy the examination, which is usually done in a relaxed (often playful) style.
If development or school difficulties are an issue, please bring:
|A baby book with developmental milestones.|
|Teacher reports from as many years as possible, including early elementary school.|
|A written note from current teachers describing their observations.|
|Copies of any psychological or educational testing.|
If unusual episodes are an issue:
|A video tape of the event helps greatly.|
|Observe whether the child can be brought out the the episode by vigorously trying to get his attention.|