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What to Expect: A Neurology Appointment

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Welcome! Here we go… to Neurology

Receptionist greeting parent and child

I am going to a doctor’s appointment today in Neurology at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Time to check in at the window. 

 

We will wait in the waiting room. I can watch TV or play with some toys while I am waiting. I will only wait for a few minutes. 

 

MA greets patient and parent

The Medical Assistant, or “MA” will call me in for my appointment. I will walk with the MA to the Vital Sign Station. 

 

MA taking height and weight

I will take off my shoes so that the MA can get my height and weight. 

 

MA records patient's height

I will need to stand with my back against the wall to get my height. 

 

I need to stand still on a scale to get my weight. 

 

Patient putting shoes on

When my height and weight are done, I will put my shoes on. My MA will be happy if I listen and follow directions. 

 

patient getting blood pressure taken

Next, my MA will get my blood pressure by putting a cuff on my arm. It will get tight but it won’t hurt. I need to sit still while the cuff is on my arm. I will try to wait and keep my hands on my own body. 

 

ma using tape measure

My MA will also put a tape measure around my head to see how big my head is. It may feel a little funny but it won’t hurt. The tape measure will only be there for a few seconds. 

 

MA opening exam room

Now it is time to go to the exam room. My MA will show me where to go. 

 

Inside exam room

Now we will wait for the doctor. I can read a book or play with the toys that are in the room. 

 

Patient and parent meeting the doctor

The doctor will talk to my mom first. The doctor may type some things into the computer. 

 

Doctor examining patient

Next, my doctor will ask me to do different things while I am standing up or sitting down. The things the doctor does will NOT hurt. 

 

Doctor examining patient 

The doctor will look at my eyes with a light and look in my ears with a special tool. The doctor will also ask me to stick out my tongue. 

 

Doctor examining patient

The doctor will also push on my arms to see how strong I am.

The doctor may ask me to walk in a straight line and walk on my toes or my heels. The doctor may also ask me to touch my nose while my eyes are closed. No peeking! 

Everyone will be very happy if I listen and follow directions. 

 

Inside exam room

When the exam is done, the doctor will go to get a paper for my mom. The paper has the doctor’s special instructions on it. I will only need to wait in the exam room for a little bit longer. 

 

Receptionist greeting parent and child

It is time to go. We may need to stop at the desk to make another appointment on our way out. My visit to Neurology is all done. Going to Neurology is not so hard. I know just what to do. 

 

By Kalyani Raghavan, MBBS, MD, DCH, FAAP and Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett, MS, CCC-SLP

This information was developed and published with a grant from Autism Speaks

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