Frequently Asked Questions

Who do we see?
We see children of all ages with any concern about:

  • Development
  • Behavior
  • Social Skills
  • Learning

Who will your child see?

  • Your child will be seen by a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, who is a special kind of pediatrician that focuses on children who are having trouble with learning skills or with difficult behaviors.
  • You may also see Resident Physicians, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Nutritionist, or other specialty consults as needed.

Where is the clinic?

  • We are located on the first floor of the McWane building of Children’s of Alabama in Clinic 1. The address is 1600 7th Ave S, Birmingham AL, 35233. Parking is available in the 7th Avenue Parking Deck located at 7th Ave S and 16th Street. Please bring your parking ticket in to clinic and we will validate your parking.

What will happen at the visit?

  • Your child’s doctor will talk with you and your child together about your concerns.
  • Your child will get to play with toys. 
  • If your child is old enough, he or she might speak to the doctor alone.
  • You may be asked to fill out surveys that give the doctor more information about your child’s behavior or skills.
  • The doctor will do a full medical examination. He or she may also do other developmental testing or watch how your child plays.

What won’t happen at the visit?

  • We do not do neuropsychological testing or detailed school testing.
  • We do not give shots! (Your child will be happy to know!)

How long will the visit last?

  • If this is your first visit, your visit will be scheduled for at least an hour and a half.
  • If your child is coming for developmental testing, your visit can last at least two hours.
  • If you are coming back for follow-up, your visit may last from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on why you are following up.

What will happen after the visit?

  • After your visit, you will be given with a summary of your child’s visit that contains instructions and recommendations.
  • You will get a letter in the mail from your doctor with all the information that was discussed during your visit, and all the recommendations we make. Your child’s primary care provider will also get this letter.
  • We may refer your child to have lab work done or suggest other referrals.

Who should come to the visit?

  • Your child
  • All caregivers who are highly involved with your child’s care (usually parents)
  • Child’s legal guardian (if different from caregivers)
  • We welcome any case managers or other important people who work with your child or your family and who are able to come
  • We do try to request only two visitors in the room with the patient at a time due to space.

Who shouldn’t come to the visit?

  • While we love kids, we ask that your child’s brothers and sisters stay home or at school if possible.

Tips for making your visit go as smoothly as possible:

  • Fill out the intake packet and send it to us before your visit. If your child has seen other providers (doctors, psychologist, etc.) since the you turned in the intake packet, please bring these records of these visits. This includes IEPs, school evaluations or teacher’s notes.
  • Make sure your child is healthy and eats a good meal before your visit. If your child gets sick before your visit, let us know as soon as possible. We may have to reschedule your appointment.
  • Bring glasses, hearing aids, communication devices, walkers/wheelchairs, etc.
  • Bring any special toys your child likes to play with.
  • Bring snacks if you’d like (but preferably not messy or crumbly snacks).

What do I do if I have questions about my appointment after I have turned in the intake packet?

  • Please call us at 205-638-2294, option2, to speak to our scheduler.