Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Clinic

Preparing for Your Child's Visit

Before your visit

Please dress your child with loose-fitting pants or shorts for the examination, since children prefer their own clothes rather than a hospital gown.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Your child’s appointment will take about two to three hours. Please schedule your appointment appropriately to allow time for the services listed below. This allows us to provide the best treatment to you and your child.

Eligibility for participating in research studies

Our team is actively involved in research studies to improve your child’s care. You may receive a call from our research coordinator a few days prior to your visit to discuss your child’s eligibility for these studies. Some of the studies for which we are currently enrolling involve non-invasive tests. All our studies will be explained in detail at the time of your visit. If you cannot participate in these studies on the day of your appointment, you may participate at a later date.


What to bring to your visit

Please remember to bring the following to your visit:

Your child's records

For new patients to our practice, please bring a copy of your child's medical records. For existing patients, please bring any new records since your last visit. Records may include:

For radiology studies (MRIs, CT scans), please make sure you bring both reports as well as actual images.

Please bring any other records from your primary care physician or other specialists related to why your child was referred to Neurology.

If your child’s studies have been done at CHOP, you do not need to bring these records; we have direct access to them.


If required by your insurance, please obtain referrals from your child's primary physician for neurology, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Referrals are often sent electronically. Please call your child’s primary care provider prior to your visit to verify that referrals were sent. In addition, your insurance may require a co-pay, which will be collected during your visit.

If you do not have physical therapy or occupational therapy benefits or do not wish to see these specialists on the day of your visit, please call us at 267-425-2063 prior to your visit.

Please see additional information regarding referrals and authorizations.


What to expect during your visit

During your appointment with the MS Clinic, you and your child will meet with our nurse. She will take a brief history of your child’s condition, review medications and any allergies.

Next you will meet with one of our physicians, Dr. Brenda Banwell, Dr. Gihan Tennekoon or Dr. Amy Waldman. You will also meet with our nurse practitioner, Erin O’Connor Prange.

You may request to meet with Lisa Mullikin, our social worker. Social workers can help families who are struggling with a diagnosis or who need help with concrete resources or access to services (school, disability services, equipment, insurance, SSI/MA etc.).

History and examination

Your child’s physicians will discuss your child’s history and perform an examination. He or she will review any MRI studies or other diagnostic studies that have been completed prior to your appointment. The physician will discuss the potential diagnosis, prognosis and plan of care. At the end of the visit, our team will provide you with written instructions regarding your child’s health.

Laboratory studies

We may order laboratory studies to help with diagnosing and treating your child. If your insurance participates with CHOP, you may have your child’s blood drawn while at our facility.

Physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) consult

During your visit, our physicians may recommend physical therapy to assist with your child’s treatment plan. Your child will be asked to participate in a PT evaluation. This will assess your child’s motor strength.

Similarly, an occupational therapist may be asked to assess your child’s fine motor skills. Even if your child is healthy, a PT and/or OT evaluation provides objective data for comparison at future visits.


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