YOUR FREE ASSESSMENT

An examination of the infant skull is essential to differentiate deformational skull shape abnormalities from deformities secondary to craniosynostosis. Our clinics use hand held scanners to capture fast and accurate scans of your infant head shape. The Spectra scanner is a non-contact laser data acquisition system used by leading physicians, hospitals and treatment centres throughout the world, including ours.

 

We are pleased to offer an initial examination to families at no charge.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • The assessment will take approx. 30 minutes

  • No referrals or prescriptions are required for your initial consultation, this is entirely free of charge.

  • We will provide a thorough physical exam and obtain 3D laser scanned diagnostics of your child’s head shape.

  • Once we have a good assessment of the head shape and 3D data, we can discuss whether treatment is recommended.

  • Should treatment be recommended, we will discuss the program details and and provide information on payment options and insurance coverage available for the program.

  • We use the best available published data to guide our recommendations to your family. Upon discussion of the data there are generally 3 options under Our Adaptive Treatment Program:

    • No treatment recommended - if your baby's head shape is within normal ranges, we will not recommend treatment at this time. If there is still concern, we can provide information about at-home repositioning and tummy time exercises which can prevent flat areas from developing on your baby's head.

    • Tracking recommended - If your baby is within normal or mild ranges, the family may wish to return for one (1) additional free head shape scan to see if there have been any changes to their baby's head shape after 3-4 weeks of repositioning techniques.​

    • Treatment recommended - if your baby is within moderate or severe ranges, we will likely recommend intervention with a ROKband treatment program. We will discuss the program with you and provide you with all of the relevant information so that you and your family can decide how you'd like to proceed.

WHAT IS CRANIOSYNOSTOSIS?

The clinicians at ROKband Pediatric Headshape Clinics have all received specialized training to recognize Craniosynostosis. Craniosynostosis is the premature closure of one or more cranial sutures. Craniosynostosis causes restriction of growth at the suture and abnormal growth perpendicular to the fused suture. Early referral to a specialist is always recommended. There are different types of craniosynostosis, including: sagittal, coronal, metopic and lambdoid. Infants diagnosed with craniosynostosis usually require surgery and should be referred immediately to a paediatric neurosurgeon or craniofacial specialist for further evaluation and treatment. Early diagnosis is vital. Endoscopic surgeries are often recommended before three months of age.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CLINICIAN

The following are useful questions to ask wherever you decide to seek treatment for baby.

 

  • What is the difference between the 3 x different head shape asymmetries?

  • What kind of asymmetry does my baby have? How does this compare to normal baby head shape?

  • How do you measure my baby’s head shape and what does the severity scale mean?

  • What kind of treatment does your clinic adopt and what types of head band options are available?

  • How does your clinic bands compare to other options available?

  • How often will my baby have to wear the band?

  • Are there any other parents or caregivers I can connect who have been through a similar process? What are the expected outcomes?

  • How should I keep the band clean?

  • What forms do I need to complete for financing?

  • What should I do if my pediatrician doesn’t recommend treatment?

  • How do I work out if my insurance covers the treatment and what is the process for application?

 

Once we have a carried out an assessment of your baby’s head shape we discuss and agree on the the best available treatment for you and your family.