Back-to-School Physicals: What to Expect


Behavioral Development

Because a healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body, many pediatricians take time during annual back-to-school physicals to assess kids' behavioral and intellectual development. Your physician may ask you and your child questions to evaluate self-esteem, ask about grades and schoolwork, and how your child copes with anger and disappointment. You may be asked if there are any changes at home that may affect your child's behavior.

Motor and language skills should also be assessed, and teens may be screened for depression, drug abuse and asked about sexual activity. Parents should always be comfortable asking for time alone with the doctor for any additional questions or to address other concerns.