Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics

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Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics

Telehealth consult in 4 weeks

Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrician

Use this page to book a video consultation with our Developmental Paediatricians for the assessment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), learning difficulties, speech and language problems, and behavioural problems such as aggression, anxiety, and depression.

(For Adult Psychiatry and ADHD assessments and prescriptions CLICK HERE.)

Your appointment will be within 4 weeks. 

The out-of-pocket cost of an initial consult is $388. You will need to pay $575 when you accept the appointment and claim the rebate from medicare ($237). This includes a one hour consultation, detailed report, letters to the school & GP and a e-prescription if indicated.

A referral from your GP is preferred, but if that is not possible, we can provide one for $59.

The out-of-pocket cost of a follow up consult is $175-239 depending on previous consultations. You will need to pay $300 when you accept the appointment and claim the rebate from medicare ($71-125).

If you live in Tasmania, a referral from your regular GP is essential. In the referral letter, your doctor must agree to be the authorised prescribing doctor, if medications are required.

Please include the following with your booking:

1. A referral from your doctor that includes height, weight, heart rate, blood pressure, heart sounds, an ECG (heart tracing) and hearing test.
2. Parent questionaire - CLICK HERE to download
3. Teacher questionnaire - CLICK HERE to download
4. Teenager questionnaire -  CLICK HERE to download

If you have had an assessment from a Psychologist that includes the questionnaires and school reports, there is no need to repeat them. Please understand that the specialist will still need to go through the process to make the diagnosis, and medication is rarely prescribed at the first visit.

Diagnosis in Behavioural and Developmental paediatrics is a complex and often multi-step process that involves a thorough evaluation of the child and their family. This includes reviewing the child's medical history, hearing tests, speech pathology, school report,  developmental history, and behavioural assessment. 

Treatment in Behavioural and Developmental paediatrics can take many forms, depending on the child's specific needs and their family. This may include behavioural therapy, medication, and educational or vocational interventions. If medication is indicated, e-prescriptions are provided with close communication and collaboration with the referring general practitioner, so the response can be carefully monitored.

One of the key features of Behavioural and Developmental paediatrics is its emphasis on family-centred care. The child's family is integral to the treatment process and is involved in every aspect of their care. This includes working with the child's physician to develop and implement a treatment plan, providing support and guidance to the child and family, and helping the child to develop the skills and strategies they need to manage their behaviour and reach their full potential.

Childhood ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a common mental health disorder that affects about 11% of adolescents. If your child has a short attention span and is often acting impulsively, it's possible these behaviours could be linked to ADHD. It can adversely affect social interactions with peers, academic performance, and behaviour, so we are here to help.

As a parent, youre committed to helping your child thrive  emotionally, academically, and socially. So are we! At DOCTO Telehealth, were here to guide you through the process of your childs assessment, diagnosis and treatment options. And we dont make you wait for answers. While some clinics can take up to a year to get a consultation appointment, DOCTO Telehealth knows time is of the essence when you need solutions. On average, a patient can be seen for a consultation within a week of contacting our practice.

You can trust DOCTO Telehealth to give you the answers you need to manage everyday life with ADHD. Every child is different  and should be treated as such  so our approach is personalised to give each child a proper evaluation and personalised treatment plan.  

Causes and symptoms of ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), sometimes referred to as ADD (attention deficit disorder), is a mental health disorder that can run in families. One-third to one-half of children with ADHD have a parent with the disorder. There is no evidence that ADHD is linked to parenting style, diet, or exposure to trauma or stress. So parents should not worry about how they caused this or what to do next,  as we are here to support an effective treatment plan.

While ADHD is not curable, it is manageable. Early identification can offer the best long-term management results, so parents need to recognise the signs and symptoms of ADHD.

At times, ADHD can be misunderstood, and since symptoms are similar to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it can even be misdiagnosed. Therefore, careful evaluation is necessary to ensure a child gets the most appropriate treatment plan.

Research shows that children who do not get an early diagnosis are more likely to encounter depression, low self-esteem, learning disorders, and/or substance abuse. These challenges are a result of negative interactions and the inability to cope. So, book now to complete an evaluation to give your child the best tools to cope with and manage the disorder

Common issues include:

  • Inability to regulate behavior
  • Persistent impulsive behavior
  • Challenges with emotional regulation and self-soothing
  • Difficulty planning and problem-solving

What does an ADHD/ASD consultation cost?

Use the cost calculator bellow to determine your total out of pocket expence for an ADHD assessment of your child. Medicare rebates apply.

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Diagnosis of ADHD

ASSESSMENT, DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT

To get an assessment and diagnosis, click the BOOK NOW button to schedule an appointment and complete a consultation with our specialist paediatrician. A paediatrician at DOCTO Telehealth will perform your consultation via video over the secure telehealth platform.
It is best if your family general practitioner refers you for the consultation. Having the general practitioner involved in the process improves the continuity of care. Following the consultation with our pediatrician, a report will be sent back to your general practitioner. Your GP will then provide follow-up care to monitor treatment. 
When paediatricians from DOCTO Telehealth perform a consultation, they review school, psychology, and general practitioner assessments. This is a more comprehensive approach than most practices and helps the pediatrician form a complete analysis.
Clear criteria are used to diagnose ADHD. Paediatricians use the Connors Scale for ADHD assessment.  An ADHD diagnosis must meet the following criteria, as explained by Health Direct. Symptoms:
         began before the age of 7 and have persisted for six months or more
         are present in more than one setting (for example, both school and home)
         have caused significant impairment, at school, home or socially
         are unusual for the childs age and developmental level
         are not better explained by another mental or physical condition, or family circumstances.

ADHD is not caused by diet, stress or video games and has no assocation with poverty. 

Treatment of ADHD
The specialist will advise on the best treatment strategies for your child. 
The first step in the treatment process is often identifying ways the family can support the child. Routine is a great way to limit some of the stresses and behaviours associated with ADHD. Next, involve the school in a plan to develop a more supportive learning environment. And finally, find a safe space for your child to practice social skills, whether through organized play dates or social clubs.
In some cases, medication may be recommended. DOCTO Telehealth pediatricians can prescribe psychostimulants if the diagnosis yields this a preferred treatment plan. Using this medication is a widely accepted approach by 70-80% of specialists. As a fast-acting medication, stimulants help children experience fewer ADHD symptoms. Common medications include Ritalin or Adderall. Doses prescribed for ADHD are non-addictive and do not cause withdrawal symptoms if the treatment plan changes.
For children that do not respond well to stimulants, non-stimulants can also be prescribed. While not fast-acting, non-stimulants can still help reduce ADHD symptoms over time.
Often, children are most responsive to a multi-disciplinary approach incorporating psychological treatments, such as counselling or behavioural therapy, and medication.
Support
When a family is overcoming the obstacles of ADHD, its essential to have resources and sources of support. CHADD is a trusted organization that works to improve the lives of people affected by ADHD through advocacy, support groups, and resources for evidence-based ADHD information.
We hope to be a partner in Your Childs Care. 
When finding the correct diagnosis and treatment plan for your child, you need a provider that will work with you to listen, learn, and make educated recommendations. At DOCTO Telehealth, you will see a pediatrician that specializes in ADHD care and has a philosophy of putting the patient first and provide the personalized care and attention your child needs. 

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