At MCAM, we use a child and family-centered model of care to support children with developmental differences in leading happy, healthy lives. 

What is Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics? 

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics is a specialty of pediatrics dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of children with developmental, behavioral, and learning difficulties, including the following: 

  • Autism spectrum disorder 
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder 
  • Developmental delays 
  • Disruptive or challenging behaviors 
  • Speech/language delays 
  • Learning difficulties 
  • Social skills difficulties 
  • Behavioral difficulties in children with developmental disabilities, such as autism or intellectual disability 

What should I expect for the evaluation? 

The first appointment will consist of parent/child interview and developmental testing conducted by our developmental-behavioral pediatrician or by our general pediatrician who has formal training in autism and ADHD evaluation. A second "feedback" appointment will be scheduled approximately one week later to discuss results of the evaluation and recommendations. If testing is unable to be completed at the first evaluation appointment, a second testing appointment may be scheduled prior to the feedback appointment. 

What will my child’s treatment plan involve? 

Your child’s treatment plan may include: 

  • Referrals to community agencies for developmental and/or behavioral therapies 
  • Recommendations for school-based services 
  • Medication, when indicated 
  • Follow-up with developmental-behavioral pediatrics for ongoing care and developmental monitoring