The Waisman Center Clinics provide comprehensive clinical care and support for children with developmental disabilities and their families.
Waisman Newborn Follow Up Clinic
The Waisman Center Newborn Follow up Clinic is a partnership with UW Health and the American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH). Our team provides assessment, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment recommendations in order to provide families with information and supports to promote optimum development for high risk infants and toddlers.
We serve infants and toddlers with, or at risk for, developmental delays due to:
- History of premature birth,
- Genetic conditions,
- Neurologic concerns, and/or
- Significant health issues.
Priority is given to American Family Children’s Hospital and Meriter Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates, with consideration given to other new patients referred before 14 months of age.
YOUR CLINIC VISIT
If you are interested in an appointment, please have your/your child’s primary care provider fill out a referral at uwhealth.org/referral. We will call you to schedule an appointment once we have processed the referral.
- Before the visit/parking: Prior to your appointment, a packet of materials will be sent to you including directions to the Waisman Center and a parking permit. Park in the designated BLUE visitor and client parking stalls. (see “Directions” tab to the right.)
- Your concerns: Please share any questions, concerns, special needs for you or your child and/or priorities you may have prior to the visit with our nurse, Jenny Hobson, RN, who can be reached 608-263-3301.
- What to bring: Because these visits may last for a few hours, feel free to bring food/drinks (no nuts or peanuts) and a few favorite toys for your child.
- Location: Our clinic is located on the first floor of the Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Avenue. Plan to arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Check in at the clinic reception desk located just beyond the Waisman Center’s main lobby.
- After check in: A medical assistant or nurse will obtain your child’s length or height, weight, and head circumference. You and your child will be taken to a clinic room.
- Team visits: Team members from a range of disciplines provide assessments over the course of the morning. Either all of the team, or part of the team, depending on your child’s needs, will evaluate your child. Our team includes a psychologist, speech language pathologists, a physical therapist, a dietician, a social worker, and developmental pediatricians.” An After Visit Summary will be provided reviewing recommendations of the team at the conclusion of the visit.
- MD-Only visits: A developmental pediatrician will obtain a thorough health history, examine your child, discuss the evaluation, make recommendations and answer any questions.NOTE: Full visit information will be shared in writing with you and your child’s primary health care provider, subspecialists, and others as indicated by signed release of information forms.
GOALS OF THE CLINIC TEAM
- Follow infants with special needs out of the intensive care setting
- Offer guidance for feeding and growth problems
- Referral to, and coordination of, services to maximize potential
- Provide parents with information about early communication development and how to develop communication in the context of their relationship with their infant/baby/toddler
- Provide information about resources that the families can access specific to their concerns
- Communicate and coordinate care with members of the child’s care team
- Provide formal assessment for, discussion of, and support around, developmental diagnoses
- Acknowledge and support mental health needs of child and family
- Support transition from clinic as appropriate