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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: Services Offered

Suspecting that your child has a developmental, behavioral, or learning problem can be very unsettling. We understand this and will work with your family and pediatrician to determine the best possible solutions.

The expert developmental and behavioral pediatricians at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital are knowledgeable about the continuum of services and support. We will evaluate your child's strengths and challenges and work with you to develop a care plan for your child's ongoing developmental, behavioral, and learning successes. When appropriate, our caring staff can provide recommendations for habilitative therapies (speech, occupational, developmental, physical), tutoring, and family support services. We also will help you understand how to access these services through early intervention or special education programs, depending on your child's age. For children with complex challenges, we will monitor their development over time so that they have measurable successes developmentally, educationally, and socially.

Multidisciplinary Approach

If we determine that your child could benefit from other specialties--such as psychiatry, psychology, counseling, neurology, or genetics--we will refer you to experts in those fields. Our team also works with other medical specialties to provide comprehensive medical management and follow-up support for children with medical or social issues that may affect their development and behavior. These at-risk children may have been born prematurely or have conditions such as asthma, congenital heart disease, cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, failure to thrive, seizure disorders, genetic disorders, or sickle cell disease.

In addition, we provide medical, developmental, and behavioral consultation to families with children receiving residential services, such as those at the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education, and to families with children in schools designed to meet their special needs--such as the Beacon Therapeutic Day School.

University of Chicago Adoption Center

When adopting a child overseas, a family sometimes must make a choice based on limited medical and social information about the child. We can review the child's file and give you a better understanding of his or her health and development. Once you bring an adopted child home, we can provide an initial examination, as well as follow-up services as needed.

Convenient Locations

Services are available through several clinics and programs dedicated to your child's particular needs. These include:

  • Developmental and behavioral diagnosis and management clinics at the Comer Center for Children and Specialty Care, Friend Family Health Center, La Rabida Children's Hospital, and the University of Chicago Pediatric Specialists Clinic in Palos Heights
  • Birth to Three Diagnostic Clinic at LaRabida Children's Hospital: For clarifying children's developmental delays, providing developmental diagnosis, and supporting families of children at risk and those with evolving developmental disabilities.
  • Woodlawn Early Childhood Intervention Center: For children ages birth to age 3 with motor, communicative, developmental, or socio-emotional delays
  • Fussy Baby Program at the DCAM: For infants and toddlers ages birth to age 2 with colic, sleep difficulties, and regulatory challenges in collaboration with the Erikson Institute
  • Adoption Center at the DCAM
  • Hyperactivity, Inattention, Learning, and School Problems Clinic in collaboration with psychiatry experts
  • Developmental Follow-Up Clinic: For children who were in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in collaboration with neonatology's Center for Healthy Families
  • Developmental Follow-Up Clinic: For children who were in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in collaboration with pediatric critical care specialists
  • Developmental Follow-Up Clinic: For children seen in the Child Protection Services Program
  • Child and Family Connections, an early intervention program in collaboration with La Rabida Children's Hospital and community partners