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What is a neurodevelopmental examination?

The neurodevelopmental examination provides information about how your child is learning, growing, and developing over time. For a complete picture of your child’s health, a team of specialists will carry out the following tests:

  • Developmental tests
  • Neurologic examination
  • Physical examination
  • Brain imaging
  • Laboratory tests

These test results will be used to help you understand how your child’s disease has affected his or her health and which treatments are most likely to help. The results will also help us predict how the disease will progress so that specific goals can be set for your child.

The Program for the Study of Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders (NDRD) uses an “arena” style of examination. This means that members of the team work together and watch the evaluations performed by the other specialists. Because the exams are not performed separately, they will take less time and your child will not become as tired.

Health care providers involved in the neurodevelopmental examination include but are not limited to:

  • Neurodevelopmental pediatrician
  • Neurologist
  • Ophthalmologist, or eye doctor
  • Audiologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Nurse practitioner
Last Update
September 9, 2014
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Last Update
September 9, 2014
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