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Supporting Families of Children With Developmental Disabilities
Riley Child Development at IU Health provides expert evaluation for children with developmental delays or behavioral health conditions. Many families who visit us do not know how to help their children or understand what conditions their child may have. Our multidisciplinary team offers expert diagnosis and personalized treatment plans to help children receive the care they need.
Our experienced team is composed of developmental pediatricians, psychologists, nurse practitioners, speech-language pathologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nutritionists, dietitians, audiologists and more. Each healthcare professional plays a special role in your child’s care and evaluation, helping you better understand each aspect of your child's health and well-being. Your child may need to see a few or many of the healthcare providers in our department, depending on his or her needs.
Before our specialists see your child, you will need a referral for evaluation from a healthcare professional, such as your child’s pediatrician. The first appointment with our specialists will likely be a one- to two-hour interview.
At this appointment, the provider will take an extensive history. He or she will gather information about any health problems, current concerns, information about your child’s life and any difficult behaviors you would like us to know about. The provider will also observe how your child behaves and interacts with others during the appointment. You may be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire or checklist.
Based on the information gathered during the interview, our team may diagnose your child with a condition and give you recommendations for treatment in or near your town. If a diagnosis is not clear or if the provider needs more information, you may be asked to come back for other appointments. Most commonly, these appointments are at Riley Child Development in Indianapolis. You will also be given recommendations on resources in your community that may help your child.
The second appointment will last longer and may include speech testing and/or psychological testing, or your child may see multiple providers from our team to help clarify the diagnosis. Your child may take tests that are in the form of games or activities such as stacking blocks or describing pictures. During these activities, our providers look for specific behaviors or reactions that can help them form a diagnosis for your child.
This appointment is separate from the interview because we must use some of the information gathered during the first appointment to get approval from your insurance company for the additional appointments. In some cases, your insurance company may not cover the costs of this additional appointment. If this occurs, the specialists may be able to identify additional resources for you to access for the assessment.
After your child has been evaluated, the team meets together to create an initial plan that includes steps you can take to help your child’s skills progress. This plan may include therapies like speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychological counseling, behavioral/social skills training or parent training.
Within a month, you will receive a more comprehensive report with information about your child’s specific diagnosis, therapy recommendations, referrals to healthcare providers who can help and resources near you that offer support or therapy for your child.
Riley at IU Health has offered child development services for over 45 years. We are here to help you better understand your child’s behavior and the steps you can take to help him or her thrive at school and home. We work closely with you as well as the Developmental Pediatrics and Psychiatry departments at Riley at IU Health to provide comprehensive care to your child.
Our pediatric specialists provide patient- and family-centered care for most related conditions. The links below provide more specific information about some, but not all, of the conditions that we treat.
Children who visit Riley Child Development at IU Health receive care from a multidisciplinary team of expert providers.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
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The Child Development at Riley at IU Health provides the following forms for parents, healthcare providers and personnel. We have also curated relevant resources from other websites and provided links with brief descriptions of the information that is available.
This form is for providers who want to make a non-urgent referral to Riley Child Development at IU Health.
Families should complete and send this form to Riley Child Development before their first appointment.
This form gives Riley Child Development permission to contact and discuss and or/obtain additional information from healthcare and school professionals involved in your child's care.
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related departments.
Riley Child Development at IU Health accepts new patients through physician referrals. We provide updates to referring physicians. To refer a patient, please call 317.944.8167 or fill out the Consultation Request Form above and fax it to us at 317.944.9760.
Riley at IU Health works with referring physicians in Indiana and beyond.Refer A Patient
Riley Child Development at IU Health is dedicated to improving care for children with developmental disabilities through research. Our physicians research many different aspects of child developmental health, including improving diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, screening for developmental delays in young children and promoting healthy social and emotional development.
Riley Child Development at IU Health provides graduate-level education for healthcare professionals, including a one-year fellowship in child development and behavioral health. Learn more about our Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training program.