Ask A Pediatrician: Autism and Specialists
Q. My child has autism and is really scared of going to the doctor. What does your office and staff do in that situation?
A. I am very happy to tell my parents of children who have autism that the office at TrustCare Kids has wall mounted activity tablets that help engage children. The colorful jungle that encompasses the waiting room and exam rooms is fun and does not look like a traditional office. The staff at my office is friendly and compassionate. We aspire to give all children a memorable experience so they will want to return in the future.
Q. My child sees multiple specialists for complicated health issues. Is it really necessary for me to schedule a well child visit with a pediatrician?
A. Yes, it is so important! Your pediatrician should be your medical home. Your care should be coordinated by them.
I have patients who are older adolescents now and they have a close relationship with me that was established over time. They know that I know them well and that I want to partner with them for success in the future. If you invest in the relationship with your pediatrician, it can be a very special journey with your family.
Dr. Catherine Phillippi is a pediatrician at TrustCare Kids in Gluckstadt, MS. Visit trustcarekids.com to learn more.