Developmental Pediatrics

A renowned practice with a reputation for understanding

Located at our Squirrel Hill campus, our Developmental Pediatrics practice
serves infants, children, and teens with a wide range of developmental-behavioral disorders including autism spectrum disorders.

To schedule an appointment with our Developmental Pediatrics Practice, please call 412-420-2561, send us an email, or fill out the form below to receive a phone call. 

Pediatrician with child

Our experienced and credentialed Developmental Pediatrics team offers an integrated approach to treatment for numerous developmental delays, including:

Behavior disorders
Cerebral palsy
Developmental delays
Down syndrome
Fragile X
Post-adoption issues
Spina Bifida

An Individualized Approach to Treatment 

Individual treatment plans are developed in collaboration with the patient's families, and may include a number of therapies and techniques depending on the needs of the child. We work to identify and treat any underlying medical issues associated with developmental delays and behavioral disturbances, such as:

Organic sleep disorders
Nutrition issues
Environmental exposures

Our approach is multidisciplinary, integrative, and completely individualized.

Using traditional and integrative treatments, including nutritional supplements and biofeedback, our developmental pediatricians, nurse practitioners, nurses and certified occupational therapy assistant work to identify, treat and alleviate the underlying problems that impact each child’s ability to function.

Our Developmental Pediatrics team often refers and works with The Children’s Institute’s outstanding therapy services and programs including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech/Language Therapy, Nutrition Services, and Behavioral Health Services. For a complete list of outpatient services, follow this link.

Numerous streams of development, numerous ways to help

Our clinicians follow a number of streams of development. A child may need help with one or more areas.

Gross Motor and Adaptive Skills: The ability to move large muscles groups to achieve movement of the body and perform walking, running, throwing, catching, hopping, skipping, and more advanced skills as determined by the child or adolescent’s needs or interests. Physical Therapists tend to focus their work in this area.

Fine Motor and Adaptive Skills: The ability to coordinate smaller muscle groups, usually involving the hands and arms, to achieve manipulation and mastery of the environment. Fine motor skills allow a child to perform many tasks necessary to daily living, such as self feeding, buttoning, zippering, drawing, and writing. Occupational Therapists tend to closely follow this area in their efforts.

Expressive Language Skills: The ability to communicate wants, needs, feelings, and information using verbal or sign language, writing, or assistive devices as clearly as possible. Speech/Language pathologists emphasize this area in their work.

Receptive Language Skills: The ability to understand the verbal and non-verbal communication of others. In older children, the skill of reading and comprehending written or typed material is included. Speech/Language pathologists emphasize this area in their work.

Cognitive Abilities: Numerous skill sets can be tested at each age, including the ability to solve visual-spatial puzzles and identify colors in 3 year-olds, the mastery of identification of letters, numbers, and shapes in 3-5 year-olds, and the selection of appropriate answers to logical questions in 12 year-olds. The Children’s Institute employs hundreds of well-studied tests for each age group to measure various aspects of cognitive abilities. Our neuropsychologists focus much of their work on evaluating this area of development.

Biofeedback: Children with developmental and behavioral disorders benefit from learning how to control their brain blood flow, EEG, and skin temperature. Biofeedback training to develop this skill is available at The Children’s Institute in Squirrel Hill.

Mixed Developmental Delays
When a child has significant difficulties in motor, language and cognitive abilities before the age of 5, they have a mixed developmental delay. To find the cause and to plan successful treatment strategies, our Developmental- Behavioral/ Neurodevelopmental Disabilities pediatricians and nurse practitioners will conduct a thorough evaluation that can include history taking, a physical exam, blood testing, and other testing technology.

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