Psychiatry and Psychology: Outpatient Appointments
Families or referring providers are welcome to call. Please provide the following when calling to schedule a child for a diagnostic examination:
- Patient name and date of birth
- Chief concern
- Insurance/referral information. Pre-authorization is required by most insurance plans
- Any symptoms or clinical findings that caused the patient to visit his or her physician
- Patient instructions for specific assessments will be provided when the appointment is scheduled
- To avoid unnecessary assessments, have the family bring relevant medical records and test results to the appointment
- Specify whether you are calling for testing, therapy, or a possible medication evaluation appointment.
When you arrive at Children's
The outpatient clinics, including autism, bipolar disorders, depression, and general clinics are located at the Chase Bank building.
- It is recommended that children above the age of five receive a brief explanation for the reason of their visit from their parent before they arrive. Statements such as "We know school has been quite difficult lately, and we are going to see someone who can help", or "we have not been getting along too well lately, and we need the advice of someone who can help so we can all do better", or "I know it has been hard to concentrate – we are going to see someone who can help us make this easier for you", usually reassures the child. It is not advisable to use the word "testing" with children, as they will undoubtedly get the wrong idea, and be unnecessarily nervous about the day. A practitioner will usually spend a few minutes with you and your child before your child is separated from you, to give the child a chance to get comfortable with our staff in your presence.
- Parents or guardian should accompany the child.
- If a person other than the child's guardian accompanies the child, a notarized letter from the parent authorizing this person to bring the child in for treatment will be required.
- Parents and legal guardians will be asked to show identification.
- If the child's guardians are divorced, please show evidence of custody before services are provided to the child.
- Insurance will be billed and a co-payment will be collected at the time of services. Patients who choose to pay out-of-pocket will be expected to settle their bill as services are provided.
Most children who come to the clinic for the first time receive a diagnostic evaluation by a psychiatrist, psychologist or a licensed professional counselor.
- The initial evaluation will take about two hours.
- The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the child's diagnosis and make recommendations regarding appropriate services.
- In the Autism Clinic, Bipolar Disorder Clinic, Depression Clinic and General Clinic, all children are seen by a psychiatrist.
Diagnostic Autism clinic
Children who are five years or younger are evaluated in the early childhood clinic and children ages five to 18 are evaluated in the School-Age Clinic. Most children seen have not had a previous definitive diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder such as autism, pervasive developmental disorder or Asperger's syndrome.
- Diagnostic Autism clinics offer a gold-standard comprehensive evaluation with provision of treatment recommendations for patients and their families.
- Your child will be seen by a psychologist, psychiatrist and/or a speech-therapist in the same visit.
- Please be prepared to answer questions about the child's birth, developmental and medical history.
- Before your appointment send any previous testing. This is important so that procedures are not unnecessarily repeated, and because repeating a test in many cases provides invalid results.
- Feedback is provided to the family after the evaluation, in addition to a formal written report..
- Family Care Coordination is also provided to support families in following up with treatment recommendations and accessing appropriate resources and educational materials.
- Further details will be provided when you schedule your appointment with our program Coordinator at 214-456-7700.
Follow-up medication appointments with a psychiatrist
- Appointments typically last 30 minutes and may sometimes last longer.
- Before your appointment send any previous testing. This is important so that procedures are not unnecessarily repeated possibly leading to invalid results.
- On the day of the evaluation, please be prepared to answer questions about the child's birth, development and medical history.
- Testing usually takes six hours of direct time with the child.
- The parent can expect to spend 60 to 90 minutes answering questions about your child's history and completing forms which will allow you to provide your observations of your child.
- You and your child will have a break for lunch. Lunch can be purchased here or brought to the facility.
- The temperature in our offices varies. It is helpful to bring a sweater or jacket for you and your child.
- Time is needed to review and interpret the tests before the psychologist meets with you to report on the findings. A later appointment will be scheduled for this meeting.
- Parents are an essential part of a child's treatment and are likely to meet regularly with the therapists.
- Sessions usually last about 45 minutes.