Genetic Counseling Services
Genetic conditions are common and can affect any age group or body system. Children and adults are referred to our clinic for a variety of reasons, such as intellectual disability, chromosomal disorder, birth defect, or a suspected genetic condition. The evaluation consists of a detailed medical history, a family history in the form of a pedigree, a thorough physical examination, and a careful review of medical records. Our board-certified geneticists will determine appropriate diagnostic testing and discuss medical management. The multidisciplinary genetics team provides genetic counseling, education, and other support services to address the needs of our patients and their families. Our goal is to help improve the lives of our patients by offering information and resources to help manage genetic disorders.
Genetic counselors interpret genetic risks, explain testing options and test results, and help people understand and adapt to a genetic diagnosis. Individuals and families can meet with a genetic counselor for counseling and testing in the areas of cancer genetics, preconception, and family history of a known or suspected genetic condition. Our board-certified genetic counselors hold master’s degrees in genetic counseling and are supervised by a board-certified clinical geneticist.
Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a genetic disorder that affects growth and development. The Prader-Willi Clinic at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio provides an interdisciplinary approach to the evaluation and treatment of children diagnosed with PWS. Our team includes dietitians, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, genetic counselors, geneticists, otolaryngologists, psychologists, sleep medicine specialists, social workers, and speech therapists.
Social Work Services
A state licensed social worker is available to assist Genetics Clinic patients and their families. Our social workers provide support services to assist the varying needs of the patient and family to include education about available community agencies and resources, advocacy, crisis intervention, and coordination of patient-family team conferences.
Registered dietitians help children and families by providing nutrition therapy to improve health and well-being. They focus on providing nutritional care and education specific to the needs of your child to help you continue special dietary recommendations at home.