Developmental and Behavioral Services, Mat-Su Valley, Alaska
Children who have had medical problems at birth are at higher risk for difficulties at older ages than children born without complications. This program is designed to help families monitor their child’s development through the first three years of life. Children will be evaluated at regular intervals. Parents will receive an individualized assessment and action plan for enhancing their child’s progress. Our team of developmental experts will communicate closely with the family’s primary care provider. When necessary, we will provide referrals to community agencies and early intervention programs.
High Complexity Case Consultations
This service offers assistance to a family or healthcare provider with questions about the child’s development or behavior. We will evaluate the child’s skills in a wide range of developmental areas. As part of the evaluation, families will be asked to complete a developmental questionnaire. The information from the questionnaire will be integrated with medical evaluations and developmental and behavioral assessments to prepare detailed reports for the family and healthcare team. These reports will provide recommendations and referrals for community–based services. We may also follow-up to monitor the child’s progress and update recommendations.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) diagnostic evaluations
A Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) evaluation can provide direction and support to a family. FASDs last a lifetime, but early intervention services can greatly improve a child’s development. Our FASD diagnostic team is comprised of professionals trained in FASD-informed care including a Parent Navigator, Speech and Language Pathologist, Pediatrician, and a Psychologist. Our comprehensive team based approach will include specialty assessments as well as review of birth, developmental, growth, school/IEP, mental health, and specialty medical care records. Families will leave an FASD evaluation with individualized referrals and recommendations.
Autism can look very different in each child. An autism evaluation will help provide families with recommendations and referrals for community–based services and give diagnostic clarity to the child’s support system. Children’s unique medical, behavioral and educational needs, along with questionnaires filled out by the family, are all intricate pieces of an autism evaluation. The gold standard of autism evaluation is an interactive behavioral observation of social and communicative behavior and play which is necessary for the accurate diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders. This ADOS-2 will be included in each autism evaluation.
Psychological and Neuropsychological Evaluations
Children are referred by a doctor, school psychologist, or other professional because of one or more problems, such as...
• Difficulty in learning, attention, behavior, socialization, or emotional control;
• A disease or inborn developmental problem that affects the brain in some way; or
• A brain injury from an accident, birth trauma, or other physical stress.
A neuropsychological evaluation assists in better understanding a child’s functioning in areas such as memory, attention, perception, coordination, language, and personality. This information will help the child's family, teacher, therapists, and physician to provide treatments and interventions for the child that will meet his or her unique needs.
Medical Follow-Up for Established Patients with Special Needs
For some children, our pediatrician acts as the first contact and principal point of continuing care within the healthcare system. Together, with a nurse case manager, care is coordinated with other specialists that the child and family may need.