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Is your child struggling to get a proper education because of a learning disability? If so, contact your Gaithersburg, MD, pediatrician, Individualized Education ProgramDr. Farnoush Jamali at Prime Pediatrics.

IEP in Gaithersburg

Individualized Education Program (IEP) helps children integrate in a school setting by providing them with the right kind of schooling needed.

Starting the IEP

Your pediatrician will begin by providing an initial evaluation. They need to assess how best to approach your child's needs in terms of teachers and other academic providers, like paraprofessional educators. Specialist need to know how to accommodate lectures for your child's learning disability.

More on IEP

Comprehensive and in-depth assessments of disabled students help provide suitable and well-constructed academic goals and objectives for their special needs.

An IEP consists of three aspects:

  • How the student learns
  • Finding academic providers who can provide the student with the proper academic settings.
  • How they demonstrate that learning

Advantages of IEP:

  • IEPs help children succeed in their schoolwork.
  • Successful IEPs help children achieve independence, but special assistance is provided if need be.
  • Aside from the assistance provided, children are free to socialize in normal social circles on campus.
  • IEPs help students enjoy a "normal" school culture with academic success.

More About your Doctor:

Dr. Jamali is a board-certified pediatrician from the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of American Academy of Pediatrics in the greater Washington D.C. area. She believes in a team approach to children's health and well-being. So Dr. Jamali and her staff will work closely with you to provide the highest level of care.

Need a consultation?

If you need more information about IEPs and how they can help improve the academic lives of your child, don't hesitate to give Prime Pediatrics a call today at (301) 977-2440. The office proudly serves patients in Gaithersburg, MD.

By Prime Pediatrics
May 31, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Fever  

Your child awoke in the middle of the night complaining that they didn’t feel well. Your first reaction is to put your hand up to their forehead to see if they have a fever. Of course, if their head feels warm the next step is to take their temperature to see if they are actually running a fever. While most children will experience a fever at some point, it’s important to know when you can treat the problem at home and when you need to visit a pediatrician immediately.

Most of the time a fever isn’t anything to worry about, especially if your child is otherwise healthy. A fever is the body’s way of fighting off the infection, after all; however, there are instances in which you will want to call your children’s doctor to find out whether you need to come in for care.

We believe in a parent’s intuition, so if it seems like something just isn’t right, you should give us a call and find out if your child’s symptoms or behaviors are something that need to be handled right away. Your child’s exact temperature and their age are two very important factors when it comes to whether or not your child should receive medical attention.

It’s important to call your pediatrician if your baby is under 3 months old and has a temperature of 100.4 F or higher. A baby between the ages of 3 to 6 months old that has a fever of 101 F or higher (or has a fever that lasts more than a day) should also see a pediatric doctor. If your child is between the ages of 6 months and one year old and has a temperature at or above 103 F or has a fever lasting more than a day, give us a call.

Other times to call a pediatrician include:

  • A high fever that lasts more than a day in children who are 1 to 2 years old
  • A child that has a fever of 104 F or higher (age does not matter in this case)
  • A fever that is accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea
  • Signs of dehydration along with a fever
  • A fever that is also accompanied by a rash
  • Children who have weak or compromised immune systems and develop a fever

If your child’s fever doesn’t require a visit to your pediatrician you can try applying warm compresses or bathing your child in lukewarm water to help ease their symptoms. Never use cold water or ice to bring down a fever.

If in doubt, don’t hesitate to call your pediatrician to find out what you should do about your child’s fever.

By Prime Pediatrics
May 01, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Eye Problems  

When your little one is first born they will go through a series of tests and screenings to make sure they are healthy. This includes checking theirEye Problems vital signs, hearing, and vision. Your child’s first battery of health screenings will occur while you are still in the hospital. If everything checks out just fine then you’ll be good to go until you need to visit the pediatrician in the coming week. Of course, if we discover that there is an issue with their vision you may need to visit your child’s pediatrician sooner.

Of course, not all pediatric eye problems occur at birth. They can also happen as your child continues to develop over the years. This is why it’s so important that you are visiting your pediatric doctor regularly to ensure that if there is a problem with your child’s vision that they get the proper care they need to prevent more serious issues from happening.

Here are just some of the most common eye problems that children face:

  • Nystagmus: A condition that causes involuntary and repetitive eye movements, which results in a reduction in vision.

  • Strabismus: Sometimes referred to as crossed eyes, this is when the eyes are not aligned with one another.

  • Amblyopia: Colloquially referred to as a “lazy eye”, this condition occurs when vision is one eye doesn’t develop properly, resulting in reduced vision.

  • Congenital cataract: While most people associate cataracts with older individuals, it is possible for a child to be born with this condition that causes clouding of the ocular lens.

Some eye problems can be caught at birth; however, it’s important to understand that babies aren’t born with all of their visual capabilities. This is something that is learned over time as their eyes continue to develop and send signals to their brain. A baby’s vision isn’t as clear as ours; however, in the first few months, you’ll begin to see them focus on objects close up, develop eye-hand coordination as they grab for things they want or follow moving objects.

Of course, you will have a pediatrician schedule to follow, which ensures that your little one is getting the proper care, checkups, vaccinations, and screenings they need to check off certain developmental milestones. If your pediatrician detects vision problems they will most likely refer you to a pediatric eye doctor who can provide you with the best treatment options.

If at any time you become worried about your child’s vision, then it’s important that you make an appointment with your pediatrician to have their vision tested. Your pediatrician is here to make sure that your growing child gets the care they need throughout the course of their developing life so they can become a healthy, happy adult.

By Prime Pediatrics
March 28, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: sports injuries  

When a child is injured, a proper healing process is especially crucial because their limbs, bones, and brains are still developing. Even ifsports injury an injury seems minor, it’s worthwhile to go to a pediatrician for an examination and treatment. Seek help for your child’s sports injuries at Prime Pediatrics in Gaithersburg, MD.

Common Child Sports Injuries
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, over 3.5 million children under 14 get hurt playing sports every year. They are usually injured by a ball, contact with another player, a fall, or self-injury (such as a twisted ankle). These are some of the injuries that children often experience when participating in athletic activities:

- Head injuries
- Stress fractures
- Broken arms, wrists, and ankles
- Knee injuries
- Dental emergencies
- Muscle soreness
- Achilles tendinitis and heel sprains

Getting Help from Your Pediatrician
It’s unfortunate that some children do not report the true nature of their injuries because they want to continue to play sports uninterrupted. The best course of action is a prompt exam and treatment by a pediatrician after an incident. Even if your child is not complaining of pain, it is worthwhile to schedule regular checkup appointments each season with your Gaithersburg pediatrician when your child plays contact sports.

Keeping Your Child Athlete Safe
School-aged children are usually full of energy and vitality, but they aren’t always aware of how to protect themselves from common sports-related injuries. See these tips on how to prevent most injuries before they can happen:

- Encourage your son or daughter to stretch thoroughly before a physical activity.
- Let your child know that when he or she commits to playing within her physical limits, there is less of a chance of injuries and more of an opportunity for improved athletic ability.
- Ask your pediatrician about protective equipment your child should wear, including helmets, wrist guards, and padding, to avoid injuries.

Bring Your Child in for a Checkup
When you have a young child who is very active in sports, it’s important to maintain a relationship with your pediatrician in case of injuries and other emergencies. Call (301) 977-2440 today to schedule your next visit with Dr. Farnoush Jamali at Prime Pediatrics in Gaithersburg, MD.

By Prime Pediatrics
January 15, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Strep Throat  

Having strep throat seems to be a rite of passage for most children. It's a highly contagious bacterial infection, but many of its symptoms strep throatcan mimic other issues. At Prime Pediatrics in Gaithersburg, MD, Dr. Farnoush Jamali and physician's assistant Jessica Vossler have years of experience in diagnosing and treating strep throat. Below, they've listed a few of the common signs of strep throat and why they occur.

Sore throat

A painfully scratchy throat can be the first sign that strep has invaded and it's time to visit your child's doctor in Gaithersburg. That's because the tonsils, located on the very back of the roof of the mouth, are essentially large lymph nodes that help the body fight infection. Unfortunately, part of the way they work is by trapping the infectious particles - in this case, the strep bacteria - leading to them becoming swollen, inflamed and painful as they protect the rest of the body. The lymph nodes located under the jaw may also swell and be painful to the touch.


A fever, usually over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, is often one of the hallmarks of strep throat. This is due to the body's immune system fighting off the strep bacteria. However, it's important to remember that a sore throat accompanied by a fever can also be due to a viral infection, which is why it's important to make an appointment with your Gaithersburg children's doctor any time you aren't sure about the cause of your child's illness.

Other symptoms

Some of our patients at Prime Pediatrics who have strep throat also experience additional symptoms, including a headache, nausea or vomiting. When strep occurs with a red, sunburn-like rash that starts above the neck and spreads downward, it's known as scarlet fever. It sounds dangerous, but your Gaithersburg children's doctor treats scarlet fever the same way as regular strep throat, with antibiotics and rest at home.

A simple swab of the tonsils will help your Gaithersburg, MD, children's doctor diagnose strep. If you think your child may be deal with strep throat, contact Prime Pediatrics today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jamali or Jessica Vossler today!