HRIF: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is this visit different from seeing our regular pediatrician? More
A: This visit focuses on your child’s developmental capabilities and behavior profile. We look for conditions that we know are common in children who have spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit. We will ask you to complete developmental and/or behavioral questionnaires, and we will most likely conduct developmental testing.
Our testing goes beyond the usual screening done in the general pediatric office to assess development.
Q: What will my child's visit include? More
A: If your child is less than 18 months of age, your child will see a pediatrician and nurse. Other clinicians may participate as needed. We will most likely do developmental testing.
At each visit, there will be some assessment of your child’s development. We might use blocks, puzzles, and/or pictures to understand how your child thinks and learns. At an older age, this testing may be administered by a psychologist.
We may ask you to complete developmental and/or behavioral questionnaires.
If your child is over 18 months, we will want you to complete the M-CHAT.
Q: What are the advantages of having my child participate in the High-Risk Infant Follow-up Program? More
A: Participating in the HRIF Program will pair your child with the services he or she may need sooner rather than later. We offer you education, reassurance, and the practical solutions that you need.