Developmental behavioral pediatrics (sometimes called “developmental medicine” or “developmental pediatrics”) is a specialty that focuses on children’s growth and development. We work together with a team of medical specialists, as needed, to help kids with developmental delays, developmental disabilities or medical conditions that affect their learning and behavior.
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
Experts in Kids’ Development
NOTE: At Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and our satellite locations in the Delaware Valley, we primarily focus on children under the age of 7 years old in this specialty. We do have a limited number of appointments for older children and teens. We prioritize appointments for young children, but please know that there can be a significant wait — potentially six months or more — for appointments for children of any age. However, we do actively reach out to offer sooner appointments if we have cancellations. (We see all ages at Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando.)
Conditions We Treat
You may wonder if your child’s behavior or development is “normal.” There is a wide range of what’s considered typical when it comes to child development. But if you’re concerned about your child’s physical, emotional, behavioral or social development, we can look into what might be going on. And, if necessary, we can work together to create a treatment plan based on your child’s specific needs.
We see a full spectrum of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending upon the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
- behavioral problems, including those tied to chronic (ongoing) illnesses and conditions (like cerebral palsy and Down syndrome)
- delays in (later-than-usual development of) motor, language or social skills
- feeding and swallowing disorders
- learning differences
- oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) (when kids have pattern of tantrums, arguing, and angry or disruptive behavior toward teachers, parents or other authority figures)
- sleep problems
- toileting issues
Services We Offer
To help us get a full picture of what’s happening, our services may include:
- a comprehensive evaluation, looking at your child’s medical history, when they reached developmental milestones, and areas of strengths and concerns
- a physical exam, checking things like coordination, reflexes and muscle tone
- observations of how your child communicates, moves and plays
- further testing, if needed, to evaluate concerns such as speech and language abilities, fine motor skills (movement of small muscles, like the hands and fingers), gross motor skills (larger movements with the arms, legs, feet or entire body), how your child feels and thinks, possible inherited/genetic conditions, and your child’s nutrition
- a full report of our findings and, if a problem is diagnosed, specific recommendations (such as at-home or school-based therapies, early intervention services, counseling and/or medications, guidance and referrals about agencies and educational programs that may be helpful)
Why Choose Us
Our developmental behavioral pediatrics experts are board-certified in pediatrics and/or developmental-behavioral pediatrics, with extra training in either neurodevelopmental disabilities or developmental and behavioral pediatrics. We also work closely with other specialists, such as psychologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, geneticists, dietitians, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and physical therapists. So your child benefits from a whole team working together toward the same goals.
Regional Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Highlights
Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.
We offer developmental behavioral pediatrics care at Rockland Center II (1801 Rockland Road, Suite 201, Wilmington, Del., located across from the entrance to the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children) and select satellite Nemours duPont Pediatrics locations.
We primarily focus on children under the age of 7 years old in this specialty. We do have a limited number of appointments for older children and teens. We prioritize appointments for young children, but please know that there can be a significant wait — potentially six months or more — for appointments for children of any age. However, we do actively reach out to offer sooner appointments if we have cancellations.