What to expect during your child's first visit

What will happen during the first visit?

A neuromuscular examination led by Dr. Charles Whitaker will include an evaluation of sensation, muscle tone, range-of-motion, strength, gait and balance.

Which clinicians will my child see?

Every patient will be seen by our clinic nurse, social worker and physical therapist.

How long will the visit take?

A typical first visit will last two to three hours.

What will happen during future visits?

The nurse will obtain vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rate), height and weight. We have the equipment necessary to obtain an accurate weight from patients in wheelchairs. Home service referrals such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy will be made by the clinic nurse.

The physical therapist will focus on exercise, range-of-motion, and adaptive equipment needs. Aquatic physical therapy may be recommended by the physical therapist if it is deemed to be appropriate and beneficial.

The social worker will offer support and education, community resource information and counseling services. The social worker will also serve as liaison between school and clinic services, as well as assist with financial and insurance concerns.

How often will we see the clinicians at HSC?

Pediatric patients are usually seen every three to six months depending on the diagnosis.