CDRC Developmental Evaluation Clinic
What is DEC?
The Child Development & Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) Developmental Evaluation Clinic (DEC) provides comprehensive developmental evaluations and referral services for children who are considered high-risk from birth up to age three. Our program follows children who have required intensive medical care in the first three years of life. These infants and young children are known to be “at risk” for developmental and/or behavioral challenges.
DEC allows for long-term, repeat assessments to watch for developmental difficulties that may emerge over time as children grow. The goal of these visits is to monitor overall health, physical development, and behavior as well as communication and problem-solving skills. The earlier the intervention, the better the outcome. By working together we can buffer the long-term impact of “risk factors” such as early intensive care and/or heart surgery. Our goal is to provide excellent clinical care and developmental follow-up.
Our Clinic Team Includes:
Clinical Social Workers
Children with known neurologic conditions
Children who were born premature
Children who were born low birth weight
Children who have undergone heart surgery
Children who required intensive medical care
Resources and Referrals
Team members provide community resources as well as direct referrals to Early Intervention programs.
About the Clinic Visits:
When a child is born, it might not be immediately evident that he/she may have difficulties with speech/language, motor skills, and/or learning. Some children may have subtle issues that may not fully surface until later in childhood. Early identification is important to help link families to appropriate resources when they are needed.
At each clinic visit we will provide families with developmental information and offer specific strategies to improve their child's learning and social development. Families will be provided with verbal evaluation results at their visit, and both the family and primary care provider will receive a written report with recommendations for services and follow-up information.
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.
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 clinical social workers and occupational therapists are also available for consultation as needed.
DEC staff work in consultation with the family and primary care provider to evaluate the child, determine strengths and weaknesses, and make recommendations for treatment, ongoing monitoring or further diagnostic evaluations. Follow up assessments, developmental monitoring, and medication management are also available through DEC.
- Sage Saxton
- Brian Rogers
- Kevin Senn
- Lisa Barnett
- Patricia Blasco
- Kristi Atkins
- Maureen DeLongis
- Karen Brown
- Will Foran
Helpful Websites for Babies
We suggest you explore these resources related to conditions often requiring intensive medical and/or surgical needs within the first 3 years of life: