Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Definition of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics:
Developmental-behavioral pediatric specialists focus on assessment and treatment for children, adolescents, and their families with a wide range of developmental and behavioral concerns.
Our training has equipped us to understand the range of typical child development, as well as understanding when children behave and develop differently than you might expect. We hope to better understand the impact of your child's strengths and challenges and work to develop a care plan together.
The goal of a developmental assessment is to evaluate, diagnose, monitor, and treat developmental and behavioral concerns. Establishing a neurodevelopmental diagnosis may require several visits and various assessment measures. This process will start during our initial visit and continue throughout care. We will gather information about your child's developmental history, medical history, family history, educational history and current concerns. This will help to focus the assessment and determine how we can best meet the needs of your child. The role of other professionals and additional referral information will be considered as part of the comprehensive plan.
Services we offer:
Common pediatric problems and concerns we address:
Delays in milestones such as walking, talking and interacting with others
Delayed or atypical speech or language development
Attention and hyperactivity concerns
Behavior or emotional difficulties due to development/learning problems
Genetic disorders associated with neurodevelopmental differences
Other mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorders
Note: We do not assess or treat bipolar disorder or personality disorders
Frequently Asked Questions
What ages do you see for Developmental Consultation?
Birth through age 11 years.
What ages do you see for Medication Management?
We see children until they turn 18 years old.
How long does a visit take?
The length of each visit varies from 1-2 hours.
What to bring:
Comfort items or quiet play activities are welcome but not required.
Does my child need to be present at the visit?
Do you offer telemedicine?
Within Minnesota, telemedicine visits are available following an initial in person consultation.
Will I have an opportunity to meet with the provider separate from my child?
We are happy to accommodate this request, please request this at the time of scheduling.
What is the difference between a developmental assessment and a neuropsychological evaluation?
The services of a developmental specialist and neuropsychologist can complement one another. As developmental specialists, we will oversee and monitor the medical status of children with developmental differences throughout childhood. We will conduct a physical exam, can prescribe medication, and can perform screenings related to neurodevelopmental disorders. Unlike neuropsychologists, we do not provide cognitive testing, but can use this knowledge (if available) to help guide recommendations specific to your child. We can also make recommendations about when to see a neuropsychologist to gain additional information specific to your child.
Will there be a report following the visit?
All clinic visits are documented within the electronic medical record. These notes are similar to a medical clinic visit and as such will differ from a standard neuropsychological evaluation.
Documentation we may request:
Individualized Education Program Plan
Section 504 plan
Pertinent medical records i.e. neurology, genetics, primary care, sleep medicine
Rehabilitation therapy assessments or progress notes i.e. Speech and Language, Occupational therapy, Physical Therapy
Additional questionnaires or assessments
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