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Children who have developmental, learning, or behavioral challenges may benefit from seeing a Pediatrician specially trained in treating the medical and psychosocial aspects of developmental and behavioral problems in children and adolescents.
Developmental pediatricians evaluate, counsel, and provide treatment for children, adolescents, and their families with a wide range of developmental and behavioral difficulties. Examples include:
- Learning disorders including dyslexia, writing difficulties, math disorders, and other school-related learning problems.
- Attention and behavioral disorders, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), 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, autism spectrum disorders, 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, and cancer).
Our Developmental Pediatricians work collaboratively with a team of professionals, including, but not limited to, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychiatrists, and neurologists. In addition, they work closely with parents, families, and schools to find techniques and solutions to help each child reach their full potential.