Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Child Development

Our team, part of the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, evaluates children from birth through school age for developmental, learning, social and behavioral concerns.

Although many of these concerns are relatively common in age group, they do raise some concern on the part of parents and teachers, as to how best to teach and work with the individual child.

We work with parents and families to address those concerns, and work to ensure the best possible outcomes for each individual child.

Often there are developmental red flags which make you wonder if there is something wrong with your child. Our staff will work with you to determine what, if anything might be wrong with your child.

Some children may end up with diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, or spina bifida, others just need a little boost to help get them caught up.

Our staff specializes in diagnosis, assessment, and intervention related to disorders affecting development. Depending on the child, our services range from a single discipline consultation to a full team evaluation.

Services provided

We provide evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for child development issues such as:

  • Developmental delays
  • Communication disorders
  • Medical disorders with developmental concerns
  • Cognitive problems
  • Complex ADHD/school difficulties

Our core team members include:

  • A board certified developmental pediatrician
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Special educator
  • Speech and language pathologist or audiologist.

Other specialists, such as social workers, occupational therapists and physical therapists are also available for consultation as needed.

Teams are generally set up as determined by the child's needs. Of note, Special Education provides academic assessments and, in conjunction with clinical psychology, is an invaluable part of the team in making the diagnosis of a learning disability. In addition, they often make very specific recommendations to aid the child in the learning process.

There are several multidisciplinary teams, including an Early Childhood Assessment Team (ECAT), the Learning Disability/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder team (LD/ADHD), medication management and the Tourette clinic.

Below are resources to help inform you about some of the services that are available at Doernbecher Children's Hospital.  Please ask your clinician if you have a need for specific information you don't find here.

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