Developmental Evaluation Clinic (DEC)
The mission of the Developmental Evaluation Clinic (DEC) is to provide interdisciplinary, developmental evaluations to infants and young children (until age 3) who have required intensive medical and/or surgical care.
Clinic staff members evaluate growth and development, ensure access to resources, and assist parents in caring for their child's medical and developmental needs. Referrals to agencies that can further support growth and development are made as needed.
About our Team
The DEC multidisciplinary team includes Developmental Pediatrics, Clinical Psychology, Speech Language Pathology, Physical Therapy, Special Educators, and Audiology. Staff also consult with Medical Social Work to provide structural support and referrals as needed.
- Sage Saxton
- Brian Rogers
- Kevin Senn
- Lisa Barnett
- Patricia Blasco
- Kristi Atkins
- Maureen DeLongis
- Karen Brown
- Will Foran
Staff with the Developmental Evaluation Clinic work in consultation with the family and primary care provider to evaluate the child to determine strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations for treatment, ongoing monitoring ,and/or further diagnostic evaluations as appropriate.
After each assessment, families will meet with a member of the clinic team. Together, they review the child's evaluation results and give recommendations for treatment and/or follow-up care.
We make direct referrals to Early Intervention, can facilitate referrals for additional support (e.g. financial resources, medical care), and refer for follow up assessments, developmental monitoring, and medication management as appropriate.
We want to make sure that we prepare the next generation of providers to effectively address the kinds of concerns we see through the DEC. Therefore, we may have different trainees involved in our clinical program.
·Pre-doctoral interns: Trainees finishing their last year of training before getting their doctoral degrees in psychology.
·Pediatric Residents/Fellows and Nursing Students: Students observe clinic to learn more about how to address presenting issues within their own medical practice. (is there a way to link this to some description of what a Pediatric Resident is/What a Nursing Student is maybe these webpages: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-medicine/gme-cme/gme/; http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-nursing/index.cfm)
The DEC is made up of a multidisciplinary team of Developmental Pediatricians, a Clinical Psychologist, Speech Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist, Special Education Consultant, and an Audiologist. Other specialists, such as social workers and occupational therapists are also available for consultation as needed.
How to Make a Referral
Referrals to the DEC come from the primary care provider, as we are very committed to the medical home concept and involvement of your child's physician in his or her care. In addition your infant may have been referred to our clinic directly when you were discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
If you have questions about our referral process, please call: