What to Expect as You Begin

Every part of your experience with Cortica is carefully created with your family in mind.

What to Expect

Getting to Know Each Other

1. Introductions: When you first reach out to Cortica, we'll walk you step by step through the intake process. You'll provide us some information on your child's health history and your insurance policy, and we'll schedule your family's first two visits with us: the Initial Evaluation and the subsequent Care Plan Meeting.

2. Neurological Evaluation: During your first visit, you'll meet with one of your pediatric neurologists. All of our pediatric neurologists specialize in child brain development and have an in-depth understanding of sensorimotor, cognitive and language development. Your neurologist will perform a neurological examination and developmental-behavioral assessment of your child. The results of these assessments will help us understand what further diagnostic testing is needed and which therapies in the Cortica Care Model are best to begin A key goal is to identify potential causes and other factors that may be contributing to your child’s developmental delays so that these can be targeted through appropriate medical therapies.

Creating a Treatment Plan for Your Child

3. Care Plan Meeting: About a week after your neurological evaluation, we’ll invite you back to receive our treatment and testing recommendations from your medical provider. Your neurologist will clarify your child’s diagnosis, make recommendations for additional tests or evaluations (if appropriate), and outline a treatment plan.

Step 2

Specialist Assessments and Family Learning

5. A Closer Look: Your first few appointments consist of additional assessments by the clinical specialists who will be working with your child and may include an occupational therapist, physical therapist, music therapist, speech-language therapist, ABA or others. These assessments will establish a baseline from which to measure progress and help our therapists to develop discipline-specific objectives that support our shared goals for your child.

Step 3

6. Family Learning: The centerpiece of the Cortica Care Model is our Family & Home program. There are two reasons it's so important. First, the well-being of your family, together with certain principles and practices in the home, is essential to getting the most from any treatment your child receives. Second, your Family Consultant serves as your guide in coordinating all treatment for your child and in managing the administrative necessities of a multi-faceted care plan. Our Family Learning Series, which addresses both of these areas, takes place concurrently with your child's treatment and will be tailored to your family's unique goals and needs.

Recurring Treatment Begins

7. Therapies: Experience tells us that regular, consistent therapy guided by a longer-term plan is how progress is made. In the course of treatment, the members of Cortica's clinical team will work in close collaboration to build a shared understanding of your child's needs, work toward common goals, and develop strategies and supports to accelerate growth and positive change.

Step 4

8. Medical Follow-Ups: On a quarterly basis, Cortica's medical team will check in on your child's physical health and well-being. Our medical providers follow a phased approach to testing and treatment developed by Dr. Goh. With progression through each phase of follow-ups, we monitor, extend, and refine our treatment of your child’s Neurophysiology and Biochemistry.

9. Progress Checks: Four to six weeks into your journey with Cortica—then semi-annually—we will meet with your family and all of the clinicians involved in your child’s care. This gathering, which we call the Clinical Integration Meeting, is a crucial event that is used to recognize progress, update goals, share information, and refine your child's treatment plan.

Contact our friendly staff to get started on your journey.

Step 1

Getting to Know Each Other

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Step 2

Creating a Treatment Plan for Your Child

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Step 3

Specialist Assessments and Family Learning

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Step 4

Recurring Treatment Begins

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