Complete Care For Your Children
To see a paediatrician, you’ll need a referral from your GP. Your GP is always a good place to start if you’re worried about your child’s health or development. Your GP can help you decide about seeing a paediatrician and help you find someone who’s right for your child.
Before going to a Paediatrician
If your GP refers your child to a paediatrician, it’s a good idea to talk with your GP about the following things:
Talk with your GP about why your child needs a referral to a paediatrician?
How long before you can get an appointment to see the paediatrician?
Anything you can do while you’re waiting to see the paediatrician? eg. Seeing Speech Therapist,…
Making an appointment – Always put your name on the waiting list.
How much will the appointment with the paediatrician cost? Any medicare rebate.
You could also ask about these things when you make the appointment with the Kids Clinic. It’s a good idea to write down your questions, so you don’t forget.
Development, Behaviour & Cognitive Assessment
We see children from birth through the college years who have concerns with their neuro-development and behaviour.
The range of conditions that warrant such an evaluation include:
- developmental delay including speech and language delay
- personal-social communication deficits
- learning difficulties
- intellectual disabilities
- attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
- mood disorder including anxiety and depression
Kids Clinic Approach for Assessment.
Assessing a child with possible development, learning or behavioural problems, Kids Clinic paediatricians usually start with gaining history, observation of the child and physical examination. Using targeted standardised screening questionnaires that provide a quick snapshot of a child’s health and developmental status; it may indicate whether further evaluation is needed to identify potential difficulties that might necessitate interventions or special education services.
At Kids Clinic, we are proud to be the only centre to use CHADIS portal – pre-visit screening questionnaire, recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The questionnaires are usually completed by parents and/or caregivers and with the help of one of our therapists . This may happen before, during or after initial consultation our paediatricians.
Parents need to understand that assessment is a continual process of observing, gathering, recording, and interpreting information to answer questions and make developmental and instructional decisions about children.
This assessment can be used to to help early childhood professionals plan to meet the individual needs of children.
What is CHADIS?
CHADIS is a unique, web-based diagnostic, management, and tracking tool designed to assist professionals in addressing parents’ concerns about their child’s behaviour and development efficiently.
Parents collaborate in their child’s care by completing online CHADIS questionnaires from home or using Kids Clinic therapists. CHADIS analyses the question responses and help the paediatrician identifying the child’s issues which help in making clinical decision support and manage the child accordingly.
Parent or teen (with or without the help of a therapist) completes a computerised interview about development, behaviour, mental and learning online via a secure internet site from home or in the clinic.
CHADIS information is collected from interviews and comments from clinicians. This information is available to authorized users only.
Paediatrician reviews results of the parent questionnaires, top concerns, provisional diagnoses, and health screening answers that are instantly available to them by browsing the electronic worksheet.
Paediatrician may choose to exchange information with or refer the patient to another provider through CHADIS.
Paediatrician may choose to exchange information with teachers. CHADIS is intended to be used repeatedly from one visit to another, as well as between visits, to track the progress of patient care.
About Kids Clinic
Kids Clinic is a Paediatric Clinic and Early Intervention providers (NDIS) for children with developmental, behavioural and functional skills impairment.