What Parents Need to Know – Frequently Asked Questions

Which forms should parents bring?
Parents should bring records from their child’s recent medical care, including radiology and EEG as well as consultations with other specialists. In addition, bring copies of all recent learning/developmental evaluations and legal documents (IEP, IFSP).

Information specific to Child Development Clinic only:

What do we need to bring for our child’s first visit?
A clinic staff member will send a background packet for you to complete before your child’s first visit. We ask that you bring prior evaluation reports from other service providers, including Early Intervention, CPSE, and CSE.

What happens during the first visit?
The first visit is with the physician, who will gather history. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to meet with our clinical social worker, who will collect some additional history and help coordinate next steps for the evaluation. The first visit is usually between 60-90 minutes.

What happens next?
On your next visit, the doctor will complete any necessary additional history and evaluate your child, including conducting a physical and neurological examination and developmental-behavioral observation. This visit is also between 60-90 minutes. Once the evaluation is complete you will meet with the team to receive a diagnosis and recommendations. Additional visits will be scheduled as required for ongoing treatment. Our social work services professional is available throughout to answer questions and provide support, referrals and resources.

Do we communicate with teachers and other professionals that know the child well?
We determine the need for this on a case-by-case basis. We ask for most recent copies of any written documents from the schools or early intervention providers and if more information is still needed after these are reviewed, we may ask for parental consent to speak with teachers, therapists, or other physicians. Unfortunately we are not able to do classroom observations at this time.

When can we expect a diagnosis and recommendations?
Our evaluation process typically requires three visits. Diagnoses and recommendations are only discussed during the final visit, which takes place without the child present. In some cases, diagnosis is not possible after the standard 2 evaluation visits in which case feedback will be given and plans outlined for continuing to address the concern for which the child was brought in.

Do you provide Early Intervention Services?
We see children of any age, including very young children and newborns, as a part of our practice, and we refer to early intervention when needed, but we are not an Early Intervention agency. Our services are meant to complement or augment Early Intervention services.


Contact Us

Clinical Division and General Info
Tel: 212-241-2842
Fax: 212-427-4561

To schedule appointments for Dr. Farrell:
Tel: 212-241-2842

To scheduling appointments for all other doctors:
Tel: 212-241-6710

Mailing Address
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
Mount Sinai Health System
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1202B
New York, NY 10029-6574