Your child's primary care provider (PCP) may refer your child to a specialist. A specialist is a doctor or other provider with "special" training in a certain area of medical care. (see Health Care Providers by Specialty table.) A specialist will evaluate and treat your child's special condition. The specialist usually sends a written report of the visit back to your child's PCP. Ask the specialist to send a copy of this report to you. If you have questions about this report, ask your child's specialist or PCP.

Tip: Your child's specialist may want you to bring results of lab tests, x-rays, and other tests to the first visit. Organize these tests before your child sees the specialist.

This information is provided by the Division of Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.