UF Health Early Developmental Assessment Clinic

UF Health Early Developmental Assessment Clinic

(352) 294-8067
1549 Gale Lemerand Drive
Second Floor
Gainesville, FL 32608
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Hours of Operation
Second Monday of every month12:30 p.m. -4 p.m.
Wednesdays8 a.m. -12 p.m.

The Early Developmental Assessment Clinic, or EDAC, is a neurodevelopmental clinic in the division of pediatric neurology. This is a multidisciplinary clinic that includes providers from neurology, neonatology and pediatric rehabilitation.

Children who have spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit, underwent cardiac surgery, or were hospitalized for long periods of time may be at risk for developmental delays.

An infant’s brain is constantly growing and learning. An injured brain may need additional interventions and therapies to help it learn during these early months of life. There is a window of opportunity for an injured or at-risk brain to re-wire and overcome an injury. This “neuroplasticity” stays with you throughout your life. However, the early years of life are the most crucial. If the brain does not get the input it needs, it can turn off the affected part of the brain. Our clinic is designed to accurately assess and determine if a child shows signs of developmental delay before they become major delays. We can identify and recommend services to help rehabilitate these infants and help optimize a child’s full potential.

EDAC provides a comprehensive assessment to infants and toddlers up to 36 months of age for those who are lagging in their developmental milestones. We take referrals from patients identified in any of our UF facilities or by the child’s pediatrician for the following at-risk diagnosis:

  • Any child who underwent neonatal or pediatric hypothermia
  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis
  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Intra-ventricular hemorrhage of the newborn
  • Neonatal stroke
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Extreme prematurity (24-30 weeks gestational age at birth)
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Seizures or epilepsy
  • Other brain or cardiac issues that place a child at risk for developmental delay
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Non-accidental head trauma

Visits time vary from 45 to 90 minutes depending on the age and delay of the child. Our clinic is designed so that you will see all of our team members in one visit. We look at each child’s fine and gross motor development, muscle tone and reflexes, intellectual development, medical history and present medical needs, vision, hearing, psychosocial needs, and current and past medications and diet. In addition, we also review all reports and information provided to our staff by the child’s caregivers.

Assessments are sent electronically or via fax to your pediatrician. If you have identified any therapists outside of the UF system that would also like the assessment, we can fax a copy with your permission. After the first visit, follow-up testing is scheduled every six months until the child turns three. Our clinic is every Wednesday morning and the second Monday of each month. If you would like to set up an appointment for assessment or consultation, please call 352-265-PEDS.

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To obtain a copy of your medical records from UF Health Early Developmental Assessment Clinic, please contact 352-273-5625 .

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Accepted Insurance

Shands hospitals and UF Physician practices accept insurance from numerous providers, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, CIGNA, Humana, Capital Health, United Healthcare, Medicaid, and state and government services. For a full list of accepted plans visit our Insurance / Billing page.

Insurance acceptance varies between physicians and locations and is subject to change. To confirm that a specific physician will accept your insurance, please contact the practice using the telephone numbers listed at the top of the page. A representative will be happy to assist you.

Financial Assistance

Patients who lack insurance coverage or are unable to pay their portion of the healthcare services they receive may qualify for financial assistance based upon their income level.

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