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Child Development Clinic

Diagnostic Evaluation Services for Children with Developmental Disorders

Mission Statement: As a multidisciplinary team, the Southwest Virginia Child Development Clinic is committed to serving the children of our twelve county area who are suspected of having developmental delays and/or disabilities. The process involves testing, assessing and making a diagnosis and providing the results back to the child's medical team and to other significant entities. As necessary, we will also make recommendations, and/or referrals to the appropriate professionals who are capable of offering further assistance and services to children in need.

Staff and Services: The clinic offers a multidisciplinary team approach for the evaluation of children and youth. Field clinics are conducted on a limited basis within the region. Our team consists of the following: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Educational Consultant, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse and Clerical Staff. The Clinic Psychologist assesses the intellectual and developmental level of the child, evaluates adaptive functioning and/or appraises personality, identifying strengths as well as areas of concern. The Psychologist also servers as the Program Director of the Clinic.

The Educational Consultant assesses the child's developmental level and learning strengths and weaknesses, and serves as a liaison between the clinic and local educational agencies. The Licensed Clinical Social worker obtains a detailed social history which provides insight into the child's developmental problems as they relate to the child's position within the family system.

The Family Nurse Practitioner performs a medical examination and makes appropriate referrals for medical and other heath-related consultations for diagnostic purposes. The Registered Nurse takes measurements, performs hearing, vision and laboratory screenings. The Clinic Nurse obtains a medical history from the parents or guardians, reviews records of past medical history and writes a detailed nursing history. The Office Services Specialist provides an introduction to the clinic by greeting each patient and his/her family, explaining services and admitting the patient to the clinic.

Diagnostic Evaluations:
The Child Development Clinic performs diagnostic evaluations for the following:

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism
  • Developmental Delays
  • Mental Retardation
  • Behavior/Emotional Disorders
  • Learning Problems
  • Other Disorders or Disabilities

Referrals can be made by families, schools, physicians, and any other community or professional agencies. For more information call 276-386-3803.

Last Updated: 12-09-2014

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