What is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician?

If your child has a developmental, learning, or behavioral problem, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician has the training and expertise to evaluate and care for your child. Developmental-behavioral pediatricians possess training and experience to consider, in their assessments and treatments, the medical and psychosocial aspects of children's and adolescents' developmental and behavioral problems.

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician Training

Developmental-behavioral pediatricians are medical doctors who have completed

  • Four years of medical school
  • Three years of residency training in pediatrics
  • Board certification in pediatrics
  • Additional 3 year of subspecialty training in developmental-behavioral pediatrics

In 2002, the American Board of Pediatrics began certifying developmental-behavioral pediatricians by a comprehensive examination process.

What We Do

Developmental-behavioral pediatricians evaluate, counsel, and provide treatment for children, adolescents, and their families with a wide range of developmental and behavioral difficulties. These include:

  • Learning disorders including reading difficulties, writing difficulties, math disorders, and other school-related learning problems
  • Attention and behavioral disorders including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and associated conditions including oppositional-defiant behavior, conduct problems, depression, and anxiety disorders
  • Tics, Tourette syndrome, and other habit disorders
  • Regulatory disorders including sleep disorders, feeding problems, discipline difficulties, complicated toilet-training issues, enuresis (bedwetting), and encopresis (soiling)
  • Developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and visual and hearing impairments
  • Delayed development in speech, language, motor skills, and thinking ability
  • Behavioral and developmental problems complicating the full range of pediatric chronic illnesses and disabling conditions (for example, genetic disorders, epilepsy, prematurity, diabetes, asthma, cancer)
  • Developmental-behavioral pediatricians work closely with parents, families, and schools.

Our team of developmental-behavioral pediatricians understand that children's development and behavior happen first and foremost in the context of the family. We seek to understand a family's view of the problem and the effect of the child's problem on the family. Our team advocates for our patients with developmental and behavioral problems by working closely with schools, preschools, and other agencies involved with developmental care and education.

We're Here to Meet Your Child's Special Needs

Our team of developmental-behavioral pediatricians work closely with a team of professionals. This team may include a psychologist, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, neurodevelopmental disabilities pediatrician, child psychiatrist, child neurologist, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, educational diagnostician, or clinical social worker.

Specialty Clinics

We have several multidisciplinary clinics where we can provide evaluations and management at one visit where you and your child can see multiple providers.

These include:

  • Autism Clinic (Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Psychology, SLP, and OT) 
  • Dysphagia Clinic aka Kids EAT (Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, SLP, nutrition)
  • NeuroGenetics Clinic (Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Child Neurology, Metabolic Genetics and Genetics)
  • NeuroMuscular Clinic

We also have associated multidisciplinary clinics: 

  • Brain Tumor Clinic
  • Muscular Dystrophy Clinic/Spinal Muscular Atrophy Clinic