Neurodevelopmental

Refer a Patient

If you are unsure about whether to refer your patient, or which Seattle Children’s clinic to refer to, please call our Clinical Intake Nurses at 206-987-2080, option 1.

Appointment availability

Updated April 2020.

We are accepting new referrals. Patients need a referral to make an appointment. Wait times for new patient appointments may be up to 6 months. We are prioritizing patients whose needs are most urgent and whose appointments were cancelled earlier this year due to COVID-19. To improve wait times, we are actively recruiting new physicians and ARNPs, reviewing referrals daily to identify those patients who need to see a specialist most urgently, and redirecting patients to primary care or more appropriate care settings when appropriate.  

Referral requirements

Please submit a referral that is complete. This helps us schedule your patient’s appointment in a timely manner and ensure their first visit is smooth and productive.    

Please include:

  • Reason for referral: what is the clinical question for the specialist?
  • If the referral is urgent (see within 4 weeks) or routine (next available)
  • ICD-10 Diagnosis – required
  • Visit type:
    • New patient consult, transfer of care, second opinion, or return visit/ongoing care
  • ALL relevant clinical documents
    • Clinic notes
    • Medication history
    • Growth charts/curves 
    • Lab reports
    • Imaging and diagnostic reports
    • Previous specialty evaluations
  • Patient’s full name, DOB, sex, address, guardian contact information and insurance
  • Referring provider’s name, phone, fax and the referral coordinator’s email address so that we may contact you if additional information is needed
  • Preferred clinic location
  • If an interpreter is needed
  • Any known barriers to performing a successful telehealth (video) visit with the family
  • Therapy reports (OT, PT, Speech) and early intervention notes
  • Questionnaires (M-CHAT, Ages and Stages, Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Rating Scale, and other applicable rating scales and/or questionnaires)
  • School records or notes, IEP or testing results, developmental assessments
  • Brain imaging reports

Please note:

Submit a referral

New Appointment Request Form (PDF) (DOC)

Step-by-step guide to submitting a referral

New Patient Referral FAQ

Pease call our Clinical Intake Nurses if you need assistance: 206-987-2080, option 1.

We’re committed to partnering with you

If we evaluate your patient and determine they do not have a condition that requires ongoing evaluation and management in a specialty setting, we will return them to you with an appropriate plan of care. Our goal for many patients is to diagnose and treat them, help them stabilize, then return these patients to their primary care provider (or a community provider) for ongoing management, with further consultation by us as needed.

We offer resources to support referring providers in caring for patients who have conditions that we do not see. Learn more in Resources for Providers below.

We are always available to answer questions and support your care of your patients.

  • Diagnosis and treatment options: call 206-987-7777 (Provider-to-Provider Line)
  • Referring or transporting a patient to our Emergency Department or Urgent Care: call 206-987-8899 or toll free 866-987-8899 (ED Communications Center)
  • Questions about scheduling and referrals, including locating or expediting a referral: call 206-987-2080 (Clinical Intake Nurses)

Learn more about managing your patients at Seattle Children's, including viewing your patient’s records.

Meet the Neurodevelopmental team

We see patients at our hospital in Seattle; our clinics in Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way, Olympia; and outreach clinics in Yakima, WA and Juneau and Fairbanks, AK. See our locations.  

What Your Patients Can Expect

  • Once we receive your referral, your patient may call to make an appointment.
  • Your patient’s first appointment is likely to last 60 to 90 minutes; we welcome parents to bring snacks and distraction devices, if needed.
  • At their first visit, your patient may be seen by either a physician or an advanced practice provider.
  • The first visit will often include a visit with a clinic social worker, who will have the important role of identifying resources that may be beneficial for the family. Some families are reluctant to meet with a social worker, due to stigma or other reasons, but our social workers are a vital part of our care team.
  • The family may leave their first visit without a diagnosis. Additional visits are often required to prepare a diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Families often feel overwhelmed before they visit us. First appointments are most productive when families consider beforehand what is important to them, and bring a list of questions and concerns to discuss about their child’s development.
  • Wait times are currently up to 6 months for new appointments, and vary by clinic location. Families may be seen sooner if they are willing and able to travel to a clinic that is farther away.
  • Families may call 206-987-2210 to ask to be added to a cancellation list.
  • We review openings and the patient referral queue daily.

Resources for Providers  

To suggest additional resources from Seattle Children’s that would be useful to primary care providers, please email us.