Perlman Center
What to Expect

What to Expect at Your First Appointment at the Perlman Center

The Perlman Center offers a one-of-a-kind experience for families dealing with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy or another neuromotor or physically limiting condition. Our expert team includes care coordinators, occupational, physical and speech therapists, and many other specialists who are all focused on one thing: your child’s well-being. We’ll help your child reach their potential at every stage of development, and we’ll provide support as you manage the challenges of living with a child with special needs.

Making an Appointment

You will need a referral to make an appointment with the Perlman Center. Your child’s pediatrician, physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, or another physician can send the referral. Once we receive the referral, one of our team members will contact you to schedule the appointment.

During the scheduling call, we will:

  • Discuss your child’s needs and the services we offer
  • Schedule your child with the providers who can best meet their needs
  • Let you know how long the appointment should take and what to bring with you

Preparing for Your Visit

Be sure to double-check where your appointment will take place. The Perlman Center has multiple locations.

On the Day of Your Visit

Please bring these items with you to your child’s visit:

  • Your child’s health insurance information
  • A list of your questions
  • Anything else the scheduler asks you to bring

Your child should wear comfortable, casual clothing and shoes that allow easy movement.

Leave plenty of time for parking and walking to your appointment location. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment. If you are running late, please contact us.

At Your Appointment

During the appointment, you and your child will meet with one or more providers who may include:

  • An assistive technology specialist
  • A developmental specialist
  • An occupational therapist
  • A physical therapist
  • A speech therapist
  • A social worker

The providers will get to know you and your child, evaluate your child’s abilities, assess your family’s needs and answer your questions. Then, we’ll recommend therapies and services best suited to your child and family and help you schedule your next appointment if needed.

It’s natural for parents and children to feel nervous, anxious or sad before their first appointment at the Perlman Center, especially if you are dealing with a new diagnosis. Please know that our specialty providers are here to support you and find the resources your family needs to thrive. You are welcome to bring a support person with you if you wish.

After Your Visit

If you have any questions after your visit, please call the Perlman Center at 513-636-4601 and ask to speak with your child’s care coordinator. You can also reach your child’s providers through MyChart.