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