Developmental Pediatrics

Caring for a child with developmental disabilities takes a team of family members and medical professionals. In partnership with The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur offers Developmental Pediatrics specialists.

Our experts

Our comprehensive team performs the evaluation of children who either have or may have additional risk for developmental problems. Physicians in our group have extensive training and are board-certified in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities or Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. 

Developmental pediatric physicians work collaboratively with psychologists, audiologists, speech pathologists, nutritionists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, behavior therapists, nurses, social workers and other specialty providers to determine the best approach to care for your child and family.

Developmental disabilities

Developmental disabilities begin during infancy or early childhood and can persist through adolescence and adulthood. Often times these disabilities are not recognized until children start school, which can hinder learning and social development. Approximately 17 percent of children have a developmental or behavioral disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Examples of developmental disabilities or clinical concerns include the following:

  • Developmental delay
  • Autism Spectrum disorders
  • High-risk newborn follow-up
  • Speech-language disorders
  • School problems
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Swallowing diagnostic evaluations
  • Cerebral palsy

Developmental pediatricians asses a child to see if he or she is meeting developmental milestones. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a list of developmental milestones and tips for parents. 

UTHSC Center for Developmental Disabilities (CDD)

Le Bonheur works closely with the Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to care for children with developmental disabilities and their families. 

In addition, the CDD offers the following programs:

  • Diagnostic Evaluation Clinic
  • Developmental Pediatric Consultation Clinic
  • Autism Clinic
  • Learning, Attention, and Behavior Clinic
  • Latino Clinic
  • Supported Parenting Group
  • Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody
  • Maternal and Child Health LEND graduate training program
  • Shelby County Relative Caregivers program

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