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What to expect from neurologist appointment

In a month, we have our first ever appointment with a pediatric neurologist. I’ve always thought this was a logical choice, but I couldn’t find one I could afford or one that took our new insurance, so we have just been seeing psychiatrists and pediatricians for meds, and an OT for some therapy.

What should I expect from this visit?  What will he do and what is the procedure? Is there anything I should bring with me?  He said he doesn’t want to see the results of our past ADHD testing as he likes to “make his own determinations,” but I’ll bring along a summary of past findings just in case.

How does this work moving forward? Do we keep seeing him and will HE write prescriptions for meds from now on or do we continue to see the pediatric psychiatrist who currently writes the Rx?  My son doesn’t talk to the psychiatrist, and he doesn’t have any pressing issues, so the psych seems to be a waste of time other than getting the Rx’s written, but I didn’t know if the neurologist would perform this function or if the neurologist is just a one or two-visit deal.

I know many of you have vast experience with neurologists, so if you could enlighten me, I’d appreciate it!  Thanks.


I live in Texas and state laws about medication are different. But I assume that a neurologist will be giving you the prescription. Our neurologist didn’t look at the test results because I never got them so I had nothing to give him. He talked to me about what my DD was like, school and social settings, tantrums, etc. Then he did this test where he put his a hand and fingers in a different positions and she had to follow. Then we talked about medication.

We go in for check-ins every 3-4 months. Otherwise, we get prescriptions sent when I call each month for refills. We are paying a lot of attention to her weight and trying to deal with her overreactions at school, too.

Posted by momodoodle on Apr 11, 2014 at 6:37pm

We used a neurologist to diagnose my daughter and they used a computer test with a headband thing and basically she was shown a series of shapes and asked to click on them. Its been several years, and I can’t remember the name of the test, or exactly what it did, but they gave me a computerized report and went over it with me.  As for the meds, the neurologist initially wrote the prescriptions for her, but then once she was stable we transferred it over to her pediatrician.

Posted by Tamiller30022 on Apr 11, 2014 at 6:47pm

Thanks for the input so far!  smile

Posted by JAMurphy on Apr 11, 2014 at 7:15pm

Who ends up writing prescriptions will depend entirely on the neurologist (and what their “usual” is)...and THAT will also depend on what the neurologist determines to be the diagnosis.  So, just add that to your list of questions to ask when you go.

Posted by BC on Apr 12, 2014 at 2:30am

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