The demands on you as a pediatric physician are great. Besides general health and development questions, parents rely on your expert opinion in the referral process. Historically there has been a “wait and see” approach given to children exhibiting delays. After years of research on the relevance of age at the time of diagnosis and subsequent treatment outcomes, clearly, the “wait and see” approach is not best practices. Fifteen years ago the incidence of autism was 1 in 1500. Today it is 1 in 96. Children with low birth weights, birth trauma, and feeding challenges are thriving with medical advances. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that in the United States, 17% of children have a developmental or behavioral disability. However, less than 50% of these children are identified as having a problem before starting school, by which time significant delays may have already occurred and opportunities for treatment have been missed. Parents will follow your advice in seeking evaluations in preschool aged children. Early identification and treatment is crucial.
Many medical professionals in the Los Angeles area depend on our expert therapuetic services. We would love for you to experience the quality of our services for your patient. If you have any pre- referral questions, please call Tracy (Alex) Andrew at 888-545-2566 . You can email or fax the referral form for a return call as well.