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Pediatric neurologists at CHKD provide expert care for acute and chronic disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems and neuromuscular systems of children.

Conditions We Treat

Services and Tests We Offer

We tailor each child's treatment plan according to his or her unique needs. Among the services and tests performed by neurologists are: 

Prior to Your Appointment

Here is what you'll need for your appointment: 

Provide our office with copies of medical records, examinations or test results relating to his or her condition. If your child was seen at a facility outside of the CHKD Health System, you will need to request copies from those facilities. Record copies can be mailed to our main office, faxed to 757-668-9930 or brought in at the time of your appointment. 

You may need to complete a Release of Information that allows a physician or hospital to share this information with us.

If your child has had any of the following tests, please obtain copies for your visit:  

  • Intelligence or behavioral testing (including educational assessments)
  • MRIs (films and reports)
  • EEGs
  • Ultrasounds
  • CTs (films and reports)
  • Genetic testing
  • ER summaries
  • Hospital admission and discharge summaries

What to Expect From Your Appointment

Plan on arriving early to allow for parking. Late arrivals may be cancelled. Download the complete CHKD Health Centers and Satellites Map and Directions. 

Upon check-in, you will be asked to present your insurance card, photo ID and co-payment. 

During your visit, you will receive a physical and neurological exam. A neurological exam includes assessing mental status, reflexes, gait, coordination and motor and sensory systems. 

After the exam, your provider will discuss a diagnosis or plan further testing to confirm a diagnosis.  

Your provider will also discuss a treatment plan including medications, future follow ups and, when appropriate, provide additional educational resources for you.

Insurance and Referral Information

If you have an HMO, you must:  

  • Get a referral from your child's primary care physician before you call to make an appointment. 
  • Make sure your referral has not expired. Many are good for only 30 days, so check yours before you come to your appointment. If your referral has expired, call your primary care physician and explain your situation. In most cases, your primary care physician will provide a new or extended referral. 
  • Bring the referral with you to the appointment. If you do not have a referral, or if the referral you have is expired, your HMO will not pay for your appointment.  

If you have fee-for-service insurance or a PPO, you do not need a physician's referral to make an appointment. 

We offer in-depth information about insurance in our billing and insurance section

Research

Beyond its clinical and educational missions, the Division of Child and Adolescent Neurology is actively engaged in a wide variety of clinical research in close collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics Clinical Research Unit. Clinical research helps to gain information about new innovations in treatments. Talk with our providers about whether this is an option for you and your family. 

Our current research areas include studies for:  

  • Migraine 
  • Epilepsy 
  • Tourette Syndrome 
  • Autism  

If you are interested in participating in one of these studies, please contact our research coordinators Terrie Conklin (757) 668-9356 or Erika Paradiso (757) 668-7732 for more information.

Neurology Locations

(757) 668-9920

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