Referring Your Patient to the Developmental Pediatrics Clinic
The Developmental Pediatrics Clinic at Kentucky Children’s Hospital offers personalized care for children who have documented concerns related to or a formal diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders. (If you are a parent or guardian, please see this page instead.)
We deliver focused treatments to children with critical needs, including:
- Children under 5 years old with documented concerns related to autism spectrum disorder who have not been evaluated by a developmental-behavioral pediatrics provider.
- Children under 5 years old with documented concerns for global developmental delay (delays in several areas of development) who have not been evaluated by a developmental-behavioral pediatrics provider.
- Any child identified as a student with autism by a school district or First Steps who needs a formal medical evaluation/diagnosis to receive outside services.
Any child who has received a formal diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, global developmental delay and/or intellectual disability from a medical provider and who would like a consultation from our clinic for treatment recommendations.
Conditions we do not evaluate
Our team offers specialized diagnoses and high-quality treatment guidance only for children with a formal diagnosis or documented concerns for a neurodevelopmental disorder. We do not accept referrals for:
- ADHD diagnoses for children over 12 years old
- Behavioral problems not linked to a neurodevelopmental disorder, including:
- Encopresis, a leakage of stool that a child cannot control.
- Enuresis, an inability to control urination.
- Isolated sensory concerns.
- Isolated sleep disorder.
- Isolated toilet training difficulties.
- Pica, an eating disorder involving eating non-nutritive substances.
- Learning disorders, including:
- Mathematics disorder.
- Written expression disorder.
- Psychiatry disorders diagnosis and treatment management, including:
- Anxiety disorders.
- Bipolar disorders.
- Mood disorders.
- Oppositional defiant disorders.
- Obsessive compulsive disorder.
- Treatment for past trauma or abuse.
- Motor delays (fine or gross) not linked to a neurodevelopment disorder.
- Speech or language disorders not linked to a neurodevelopment disorder.
Referral documentation needed
If your patient meets the requirements for our referral program, please gather the following information before submitting a referral. We can only review and accept requests that include all the required documentation, including:
- Referring provider’s developmental behavioral concerns, which should include:
- Medical history.
- Past evaluations from any developmental-behavioral pediatrics provider.
- Specific office notes related to the developmental-behavioral concerns.
- Records of any previously recommended treatments, such as outpatient developmental therapies or medications to address the symptoms of concern.
- ADHD: Vanderbilt or Conners behavior rating scales.
- Autism spectrum disorder: M-CHAT or Social Communications Questionnaire.
- Global developmental delay: Developmental screenings, including Ages & Stages Questionnaire, PEDS or others.
- Relevant school evaluations, including:
- 504 plan.
- Integrated reports (IQ testing, psychoeducational evaluation, school academic testing, etc.).