A developmental-behavioral pediatrician is a board-certified pediatrician who has received further training in the subspecialty. We see children who are referred to us generally by their primary physician, but sometimes by a teacher, therapist, friend, or other health professional.
A child may be having difficulty either at home, school or both. These difficulties vary and may include areas of behavior, attention, learning and motor coordination and other areas of development in cognitive, speech and language, social-emotional and self-help skills. A child may also have feelings of frustration, anger and sadness.
These specialists evaluate and treat children for the following conditions:
- 22q Syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Autism and other pervasive developmental disorders
- Cerebral palsy
- Communication disorder
- Complications in Adoption and Foster Care
- Complications to Congenital Heart Disease
- Enuresis, encopresis
- Developmental delays
- Down Syndrome
- Failure to thrive
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Fragile X Syndrome
- History of abuse and/or neglect
- Intellectual disability
- In utero drug and alcohol exposure
- Learning disabilities
- Oppositional defiant disorder
- Prematurity and complications from prematurity
- Sensory impairments
A detailed history is the first step in evaluating each child and includes assessing the medical, developmental, behavioral, social and family history.
All of this information is vital to evaluating the whole child and understanding how this child fits into this particular family, community and school. Physical and neurological examinations are part of the evaluation process.
A developmental assessment may include a variety of standardized tests, questionnaires, observations, and demonstrations. These evaluations may be formal, with the child, or informal by observing the child at play.
If it is a month away, you can also mail them. Please bring hard copies with you or confirm with Loren Begay the office has received your child's information.
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Please note: Appointments are made by a referring pediatrician or family physician. Children are seen by a nurse practitioner on the initial visit. At this time, Developmental Pediatrics is not accepting new patients for developmental delays.
Phone: (602) 933-2327
Fax: (602) 933-4253
Physicians: For referrals, please call our One Call line at (602) 933-DOCS.
Please Bring the Following Information to Your Child's First Appointment:
- Medical history form: English | Spanish
- Behavioral history form: English | Spanish
- Old medical records
- School evaluation reports
- Individualized Education Plans (IEP's)
- Therapy reports
- Genetic testing
If you can send this information to us ahead of time, all the better! All patient forms can be found here: Patient Forms. If possible please complete and either send forms to us beforehand or bring them with to your appointment. Forms can be faxed, emailed or hand-deliver, if your appointment is soon.
Ambulatory Building (B), 3rd Floor
Phoenix Children's Hospital - Main Campus
1919 E. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016