CDRC Developmental Evaluation Clinic

What is DEC?

babyfeetThe 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: 

  • Audiologists
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Developmental Pediatricians
  • Family Navigator
  • Physical Therapists 
  • Psychologists 
  • Special Educators 
  • Speech-Language Pathologists

Populations Served 

  • 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.

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:

Helpful Websites for Child Development: 

Making a Referral

While many insurance companies allow patients to self-refer, we prefer to work directly with each child's primary care physician to ensure collaborative care.

As a result, we require a physician referral for most of our Child Development & Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) patients.

Please contact our scheduling office for additional referral information:

Phone: 503 346-0640
Toll free: 877 346-0640
Fax: 503 346-0645


The CDRC Developmental Evaluation Clinic is located on the 7th floor of Doernbecher Children's Hospital in the Chipmunk Wing. Clinical hours are between 8:00am and 5:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. Our address is:

700 SW Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97239

CDRC Administration Address:

707 SW Gaines Street
Portland, OR 97239