After completing an initial psychiatric evaluation with Dr. LaRose, you will meet with her at a mutually agreed upon frequency to refine your child's diagnosis, manage medications, and address new problems that may arise. You and Dr. LaRose will decide together if follow-up sessions are to be attended as a family or if your child/teen will meet with Dr. LaRose one-on-one.
Dr. LaRose prescribes a full range of psychoactive medications and is trainined to manage their side effects. She understands the risks and benefits of using different medications across each stage of development and will discuss these with you in a direct manner. She understands the care that is required in choosing the best medication and monitoring its effects. She will work with your family on an ongoing basis to ensure that your child/teen's medication plan is safe and effective.
Whenever possible, Dr. LaRose aims to reduce or discontinue redundant, harmful, or ineffective medications. She understands that medications can make a world of difference, but they have limitations. Sometimes the answer is changes in the home or school environments, or building better coping skills, not additional medications.