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Behavioral & Developmental Pediatrics


If you would like to schedule an appointment at the Center for Developing Minds, you may call the clinic at 408.358.1853. If you prefer, you may also print the pre-appointment questionnaire and the two other forms posted below. Please return the completed forms and questionnaire to the Center for Developing Minds via mail or fax (408.358.1802) and we will contact you to plan an evaluation. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, and periodically part-time on Saturday.

New Patient Questionnaire
Explanation of Fees
Notice of Privacy Practices


Current patients, please call the Center for Developing Minds at 408.358.1853 if you need to arrange a follow-up appointment.

For any questions regarding appointments, please either call the Center for Developing Minds or email info@devminds.com.

FAQs

QUESTIONS ABOUT "MY VISIT" TO THE CENTER FOR DEVELOPING MINDS

How does your evaluation differ from evaluations done by our school?
Learning depends on a child's relative abilities in eight critical brain functions (attention, memory, sequential skills, spatial awareness, language, motor skills, higher order cognition, and social cognition.

Therefore, our neurodevelopmental assessments unveil a child's relative strengths and weaknesses within each of these domains. Then we demonstrate how the child's profile impacts his/her academic performance. This approach enables us to develop a specific treatment plan that addresses the source of the delay (e.g. active working memory), and not just the delay (reading and writing) itself.

What should I tell my child about his/her visit to the Center for Developing Minds?
We suggest you be up-front and direct with your child. The link below includes a letter we prepared for parents to read to their child prior to the appointment.
Parent to child letter

How long will it take to get my child's report?
Our reports are sent out in two weeks. Before they can be sent out, they are dictated and transcribed. Clinicians merge their drafts and additional information is sometimes added after reports are reviewed. The clinician signs final copies before they are mailed. The report and Developing Minds Action Plan are quite extensive in order to supply you and others with comprehensive information.


QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SERVICES PROVIDED AT THE CENTER FOR DEVELOPING MINDS

What ages are cared for at the Center for Developing Minds?
Patients at the Center for Developing Minds range from about two to twenty-two years of age. Occasionally younger children are seen when specific concerns exist.

How does the Center for Developing Minds evaluate children for autism?
Treatment of children with autism is not based on the diagnosis, but on a child's individual strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, the most important aspect of the evaluation at the Center for Developing Minds involves a detailed history. Children with autism have disproportionate delays in at least three of these domains: language, social cognition, limited flexibility or a need for repetition. Occasionally those behaviors are evident after a detailed history and examination. When more diagnostic information is required, subtleties of autism can be detected through structured play activities and ability level can be determined with cognitive or developmental testing.

There are several tests used to evaluate children for autism. The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is the assessment tool most commonly utilized at the Center for Developing Minds.

How does the Center for Developing Minds treat ADD/ADHD?
The terms ADD/ADHD refer to non-specific diagnoses, which fail to describe the unique attributes of the child. At the Center for Developing Minds we elucidate a child's neurodevelopmental profile in order to identify the specific breakdowns causing the child to struggle with his/her attention. Individualized behavior and/or medication plans are then created.

Can a member of the Center for Developing Minds visit my child's school to see how he behaves in that setting?
Many families ask if we can visit their child in the school setting. Prior to the child's visit, we encourage families to gather as much prior testing and school information as possible. In our experience, however, after visiting our center, most families do not believe that a school visit is necessary, because we have been able to capture a sense of their child during their appointment. There are occasions when we and the family agree that more information is needed, and a school visit can be arranged. In those instances, we do need to charge for our time.

I am interested in avoiding medications and using complimentary treatments to address my child's condition. What non-traditional treatments do you endorse?

We are knowledgeable about a wide range of traditional and complimentary treatments. We make recommendations based on scientific evidence and advise families about the potential risks and benefits for other treatments.


QUESTIONS ABOUT MEDICATION MANAGEMENT

How do I get refills for medication that has been prescribed?
Prescriptions for controlled substances must be hand-written. Please be sure to discuss any prescription renewal needs during your appointment at the clinic. There is a $25 fee for any prescription refills requested via phone or email.


QUESTIONS ABOUT COST, BILLING AND INSURANCE

Is medical insurance accepted at the Center for Developing Minds?
With the exception of Valley Health Plan (VHP) patients, the Center for Developing Minds does not accept payment through insurance or any managed-care companies. The inconsistency among insurance plans combined with the very detailed nature of our evaluations makes it cost-prohibitive for us to accept insurance, however, we will provide you with a billing statement that you may send to your insurance company to assist you in the reimbursement process. Please contact your insurance provider for any reimbursement questions.

For VHP Patients, a prior authorization must be sent to the Center for Developing Minds from the Utilization Management Department to initiate services.

If the Center for Developing Minds does not accept my insurance, is it still possible for me to get reimbursed by my provider?
Many insurance providers cover all or portions of the services we provide. We do offer a private fee scale and we will provide you with an encounter form that you may send to your insurance company to assist you in the reimbursement process. We always recommend that you contact your plan in advance to see if your visit might be reimbursed. Please contact the office for the particular codes that might be used for your visit to our center. Your insurance can then verify for you whether or not you will be reimbursed. Some families have found that their insurance providers approve visits after explaining that Dr. Korb is the only board certified behavioral and developmental pediatrician in private practice in Santa Clara County.

Why were fees quoted by the Center for Developing Minds significantly less than other testing centers?
Simply put, we have the broadest-trained clinicians in the area, and that enables us to avoid unnecessary testing for your child. Our physicians are "double-board" certified in both pediatrics and behavioral and developmental pediatrics, and as such they are experts in learning disabilities, behavioral issues, mental health, child development, psychopharmacology, and pediatric medical health. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Korb has worked on many multi-disciplinary teams that consist of experts in speech language pathology, occupational therapy and psychology. This experience, a majority of the time, allows them to develop a treatment plan without needing detailed testing. On the occasion when further analysis is needed, we provide focused testing to pin-point the issues. At other centers, patients are often subjected to a "one size fits all" approach where they are given broad testing this approach is very time consuming and costly.

How can I get my child's records transferred to another care provider other than the referring doctor?
Since your relationship with the Center for Developing Minds is confidential, you must provide us with a signed release to send records to any other agency. You may sign a release in our office or have the agency requesting the records send us your signed release form.

Will I be charged for records?
There is no charge for records being sent to schools or for continuation of medical treatment. There is a $25.00 fee for additional records to be sent to attorneys, insurance companies or any other agency that does not provide direct medical treatment for the patient.

Why would I be charged for a copy of my child's records?
We routinely send a copy of the initial report to the family. Additional records released at future dates entail additional charges.

Why am I being charged for a missed appointment when it wasn't my fault?
The Center for Developing Minds values your time and we appreciate you valuing ours. We have waiting lists for appointments; therefore all missed appointments are subject to a charge. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please provide us with at least 48 hours notice, or you may be charged a cancellation fee of 50% of the cost of the office visit.


QUESTIONS ABOUT SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS

How often does my child need to return to the Center for Developing Minds?
The Center for Developing Minds offers a wide range of services to meet each child's needs. Some children come for one or two visits to receive a detailed assessment and a Developing Minds Action Plan. Other children return more frequently for ongoing behavioral treatment planning or medication management. Most of our patients choose to return periodically over the years for a 'developmental check-up.'

Does my child need to be present at all of the appointments with me?
Your child should attend all scheduled appointments. On occasion you may want to meet with the doctor without your child in attendance. That can be scheduled, but please be aware that most insurance plans do not cover appointments when the child is not in attendance.