Amir Miodovnik, MD, MPH

Frequently Asked Questions

DO I NEED A DEVELOPMENTAL-BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRICIAN?

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians are medical doctors who have completed medical school and residency training in Pediatrics as well as fellowship training in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.


They are trained to evaluate, counsel, and provide treatment for children and adolescents with:

  

➤  Developmental disabilities, including delayed speech, language, thinking ability, motor skills, and/or social skills, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


➤  Learning disorders including dyslexia, writing difficulties, math disorders, and other school-related learning problems.

 

➤  Attention and behavioral disorders, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and associated conditions.


➤  Regulatory disorders, including sleep disorders, disciplinary difficulties, and complicated toilet-training issues.


WHAT DIFFERENTIATES DR. MIODOVNIK?

In addition to his specialty training as a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Dr. Miodovnik has spent over 15 years working as a General Pediatrician in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.


He views parents as the foremost experts on their children, and listens when parents have a gut feeling that something is "just not right."


He adopts a "whole child approach," which means he consider both physical ailments (e.g., allergies, infections, sleep issues, and bowel and bladder problems) and psychological issues (e.g., temperament, anxiety, parent-child interactions) that can exacerbate developmental and behavioral problems.


He believes that understanding a child's behavioral issues requires not only analyzing each child, but also interacting with parents and siblings and observing the child in a familiar setting.


He understands the special education system and can assist parents in navigating this complex roadmap.

  

WHAT DOES DR. MIODOVNIK'S EVALUATION CONSIST OF?

The initial consultation consists of an office-based visit with Dr. Miodovnik, which can last from 45 minutes to 1 hour. Since the focus is on collecting medical and educational history, the child is usually not present at this visit.


Parents schedule a developmental evaluation with Dr. Miodovnik. He conducts the evaluation at a familiar and comfortable location for the child. The evaluation usually lasts an hour to 1.5 hours, depending on the child's level of participation and their tolerance for the assessment. The evaluation includes a physical and neurologic exam, which typically takes about 15 minutes.


Ongoing care involves follow up visits to monitor each child's progress and collaborative interactions with the child's schools, therapists, and other providers.


DOES DR. MIODOVNIK PRESCRIBE MEDICATIONS?

Dr. Miodovnik prescribes medications when they are necessary and when the benefits outweigh the risks. However, he is open to discussing complimentary therapies with families, as long as they pose no harm.


DOES DR. MIODOVNIK ACCEPT MY INSURANCE?

Dr. Miodovnik is considered an out-of-network provider by most insurance plans. This allows him to provide more in-depth care and increased face-to-face time, including home visits. 


Parents receive an invoice with the diagnosis codes and provider details necessary to submit a claim to their insurance carrier.