Contact a Health-Care Professional
Finding the right match in a health care professional can be frustrating, but hopefully also rewarding. When your child has a special need, the search for the health care providers that are right for your child and family can be even more demanding. Choosing the right health care provider requires a detailed search, networking with family and friends, and exploring your options.
What Are Your Options?
When it comes to medical care for your child, there are generally four types of qualified providers: pediatricians, general practice physicians, pediatric nurse practitioners, and behavioral specialtists. Regardless of your child’s profile or diagnoses, you should visit a pediatrician, general practice physician or pediatric nurse specialist annually for general health issues. Sometimes this one physician or nurse can cover all your child’s medical needs, including those related to Asperger’s syndrome. However, many children are also well-served by visiting a pediatric developmental/behavioral specialist routinely. Sometimes this is for the purpose of diagnosis, but many times it will include ongoing services related to behavioral development, medications, and for referrals to other specialists.
The links below will help you search the medical care providers in west-central Wisconsin. In addition to searching the following links, don’t hesitate to contact other parents of children with Asperger’s syndrome and chat with family and friends to get advice on medical care.
Midelfort-Mayo Health System
Pine Grove Family Practice Associates
Marshfield Clinic Hospitals and Clinics
Making a Choice
A few tips for along the way…
- When you first visit a medical care provider, ask if he/she has had experience working with children with Asperger’s syndrome.
- If you’re interested in using a medical care provider who is not familiar with Asperger’s syndrome, don’t shy away from taking the opportunity to educate him/her on the condition. Suggest a few links (such as www.autismspeaks.org and www.autism-society.org).
- Don’t be afraid to make a change in your health care provider, when needed. As a child ages his/her needs change. Sometimes these changes result in a need to change providers.
- As insurance changes require a change in providers, ask your current providers for recommendations of doctors/nurses covered by your new insurance plan.