When to see a pediatrician vs a child neurologist

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When to see a pediatrician vs a child neurologist

Well children see pediatricians for their general day-to-day pediatric care for their well child visits and for their general health problems. If the pediatrician identifies or suspects a neurologic disorder or possibly a developmental disorder, then they might refer that child to see a neurologist. I see patients who have headaches, ticks, developmental delay, muscle weakness, autism or autism spectrum disorders or just concern for any of these conditions. Sometimes people wonder if there's autism versus just language delay, versus the child is doing developmentally well, I can do assessments like that or a neurologist could do that type of an assessment. Additionally, if a genetic disorder is suspected, for example there are some delays as well as some dysmorphologies, they might send the child to a neurologist to do the preliminary assessment, and the neurologist may send the child on to a geneticist.

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Jane Tavyev Asher, MD

Division of Child Neurology - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Jane Tavyev Asher is a board certified Child Neurologist and Director of the Division of Child Neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  Upon attaining her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, she completed residency/ fellowship training in Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children’s Hospital, where her clinical training focused on behavioral neurology, specializing in autism and other developmental disorders, and her research focused on epigenetic factors in autism.  She currently maintains a clinical practice at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she sees patients with a variety of neurologic conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental delay, ADHD, learning disabilities, tics, headaches, and cognitive/ behavioral management in neuromuscular disorders.  She holds an academic/ research appointment as Assistant Professor at UCLA in the Departments of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.  Her current research interest remains in the area of autism.  Dr. Tavyev Asher is proud to contribute to the training of the next generation of physicians including those specializing in Pediatrics, Child Psychiatry, and Child and Adult Neurology, and she enjoys giving talks on various neurologic topics locally and nationally.  She is a member of the Child Neurology Society, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UCLA CART (Center for Autism Research and Treatment), and The Help Group-UCLA Autism Research Alliance.  She also serves on the Advisory Board of Healthy Child Healthy Child Healthy World.  She enjoys art, music, yoga, skiing, and relaxing with her family.

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