The Developmental Assessment Clinic at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor evaluates babies who were either born very prematurely or who were critically ill in the newborn period.
The overall goal of the Developmental Assessment Clinic is to help your child reach his/her full physical and developmental potential. The purpose of this clinic is
- To assess your baby’s development at specific intervals in the first several years of life
- To assure that your baby is receiving specialized services if needed
- To assure that the baby is receiving appropriate follow-up in clinical areas such as pulmonary medicine, nutrition, neurology, vision and hearing. We will work together with the baby’s pediatrician.
At a typical clinic visit, your baby and family will see a nurse, neonatologist, physical therapist and a social worker. Your baby’s medical and developmental history will be reviewed, and he/she will have a brief physical exam including weight, length and head circumference. At the one and two year visits, a developmental psychologist will see your baby for a more formal developmental assessment. If necessary, recommendations will be made for your baby to be seen by a physical therapist or other specialists.
Appointments are scheduled by the clinic staff and appointments are made at 4 months, 8 months, 1 year and 2 years. The appointment dates are scheduled at your baby’s corrected gestational age based on your due date.