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CapitalCare Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics is a pediatric practice devoted to the special care of children with a developmental disability. We strive to offer high level clinical diagnostic services, help parents gain the knowledge and capability to care for their children through our medical case management, and improve the competence of community providers who play an important role in the care of children. We provide excellence in service to families and children of special need and work to enrich the community’s capability to provide care. Our core services consist of diagnostic and consultative medical service from experienced and clinicians, and caring, competent case management by developmental nurse specialists. Our practice has experienced developmental pediatricians, pediatric neurologist, developmental nurse practitioner and physician assistant. We also have excellent nurse clinicians who are specially trained and highly experienced in working with children and families of special need.

We work hard to help parents understand the complex needs of their children and family. We provide individualized counseling for parents of children with special needs, as well as group experiences and educational services.

What kind of evaluation is done?  The developmental pediatrician uses a combined medical, neuropsychologic and neurodevelopmental approach. The assessment  includes consideration of heredity, medical history, current health status, neurologic evaluation, developmental evaluation, and assessment of  specific areas of concern.   The pediatric neurologist assesses problems through the understanding of the complexities of brain, spinal cord, muscle and sensory systems.  

What can be gained from an evaluation?  We help parents understand specific diagnosis, plans of intervention, short term issues and concerns and long term issues that will need attention. We work to give parents the information they need to be the best advocate for their child and to give parents the big picture of their child's developmental  and neurologic well being. Medical considerations such as further laboratory testing, neuroimaging, nutritional interventions, and rehabilitation issues, might also be a part of the evaluation.

What kind of children do we see?  We focus on children who may have developmental disability or a neurologic problem. For example we evaluate infants with slow motor development, toddlers with delayed speech, communication problems or autistic symptoms. We also see preschoolers and kindergarten age children with learning difficulties. Children born with birth defects, and medically fragile children, especially those with developmental disabilities are seen to help plan their complex pediatric care. We also evaluate children who are at risk for developmental differences due to prematurity, failure to thrive, health issues, genetic concerns, adoption or issues of problem caregiving. Our pediatric neurologist works with all the above problems as well as common issues in child neurology such as headaches, epilepsy, and Tourette Syndrome.

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