Infant Development Follow-up Clinic
formerly know as the High Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic
Contact: William Walker, For
appointments call 206-598-9348
Core Function: Clinical Services
For over 35 years, our team of specialists has worked with children who may be at risk for developmental problems. Our team of experts works together to assess a child’s health and development, and connects families with resources if problems are found.
The Infant Development Follow-up Clinic was established to provide developmental follow-up of children from birth to age five who are designated as high risk due to prematurity and/or low birth weight or prenatal exposure to drugs. The goal of the clinic is to provide early identification and referral for early intervention for the neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral problems associated with prematurity, drug exposure and other biomedical and environmental risk factors.
Each year about 500 clients visit the IDF clinic to receive diagnostic and treatment services. The average age of these clinic clients is 2.4 years and the majority are referred to CHDD by the University of Washington Medical Center. The clinic also conducts long-term follow-up clinical research concerning neonatal outcomes, complications, and treatment results.
The Infant Development Follow-up Clinic provides an ideal setting for interdisciplinary training. Approximately 25 trainees representing the disciplines of developmental pediatrics, psychology, audiology, nutrition, occupational therapy, and physical therapy participate in training each year. Continuing education presentations regarding the outcomes of low birth weight infants are delivered to local, state, and national audiences variously comprised of health care professionals, early interventionists, special educators, parents, and interdisciplinary trainees.