Developmental Pediatrics

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There’s a wide range of what’s considered typical when it comes to child development. But if there’s something about your child’s physical, emotional, behavioral or social development that has you concerned, Nemours’ expert developmental pediatricians will evaluate what’s going on and if necessary, create a treatment plan specific to your child’s needs.

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Developmental pediatrics is a medical specialty that focuses on whole-child growth and development. Nemours’ developmental pediatricians are board-certified in pediatrics and have completed a fellowship in either neurodevelopmental disabilities or developmental and behavioral pediatrics.

Working together with a team of medical specialists (neurologists, geneticists, nutritionists, therapists and more), we help kids of all ages who have developmental delays, developmental disabilities or medical conditions that affect learning and behavior.

Our expertise covers a range of child development concerns, including:

  • suspected or known delays in motor, language or social skills
  • autistic spectrum disorders
  • learning disabilities
  • attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • developmental concerns associated with known congenital or genetic conditions, such as cerebral palsy or Down syndrome
  • pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200

What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
Returning Patients
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Forms & Resources
Returning Patients
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families

At Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children the Developmental Pediatrics division is available to help address concerns about your child’s physical, emotional, behavioral, or social development. Talk to your primary care provider for a referral.

What to Expect at a Visit

When you bring your child for a comprehensive evaluation with one of our developmental pediatricians, we will:
  • ask you about your child’s medical history, achievement of developmental milestones, and areas of strengths and concerns
  • conduct a physical exam that focuses not only on the basics, like height and weight, but also on coordination, reflexes, and muscle tone
  • interact with your child and observe how he or she communicates, moves, and plays

To help us identify a problem or make a diagnosis, we may recommend further testing, including speech, fine motor, gross motor, psychological, genetic, or nutritional assessments. Our comprehensive diagnostic approach puts a lot of emphasis on collaboration with other medical specialty areas such as Neurology, Behavioral Health, and Therapeutic Services.

Once the evaluation is complete we will compile a full report of our findings along with specific treatment recommendations, which may include at-home or school-based therapies, Early Intervention services, counseling, and/or medications. We can also offer guidance and referrals about agencies and educational programs that may be helpful to your child.

Follow-Up Care

What may offer the most peace of mind, though, is the fact that we consider our commitment to your child to be a long-term one. That is, as your child grows and his or her needs change, we will continue to work along with your child’s primary care physician to monitor and assess your child’s developmental progress. We are available to provide documentation to schools, and coordinate any necessary changes to the treatment plan. Our ultimate goal is to give you the tools you need to be an effective advocate for your child in every setting.