Developmental-behavioral pediatricians work with families to evaluate, treat, and coordinate care for children with developmental delays, behavioral issues, learning difficulties, and mental health concerns, including:
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Aggression and discipline issues
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Developmental delays and disabilities
- Intellectual disability
- Learning and school issues
- Mood disorders
- Regulatory disorders related to eating, feeding, and sleeping
We treat children from birth to age 17 and we have extensive experience in treating toddlers and preschool-aged children. Families are usually referred to us by their primary care physician or other professional provider.
Our goal is complete a comprehensive evaluation and assessment of each child and recommend treatment or services.
We typically meet with each family for an initial evaluation or consultation and one or two follow-up visits, but some families see us for a longer period of time. We will work with you to provide what is best for your child and to transition care to your child's physician when an effective treatment plan is in place.
Our services may include:
- Advocating for needed school support
- Communicating with your child's current providers
- Conducting a medical work-up for your child's condition
- Developing or adjusting a medication treatment plan
- Diagnosing medical issues
- Following up to see how your child is responding to treatment
- Identifying needed support and services
- Providing behavioral guidance
- Referring your child to our
pediatric psychiatry program
- Referring your child to community resources, such as early intervention and other programs
- Reviewing Individualized Education Programs (IEP)
At your request, we can provide you with a copy of your child's evaluation report in three to four weeks after the evaluation is complete.
For Patients Outside the San Diego Region
We welcome referrals from outside the San Diego area and currently work with families from other states and even other countries.
We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that can be managed by your child's local physician.
Becoming a Patient
- Call us at 858-246-0053 for a copy of our welcome packet, which includes a primary care physician referral form, patient registration forms, and parent and teacher questionnaires. You can also
download the forms. All questionnaires must be completed and returned to us before we schedule your child's appointment.
- Schedule an appointment. New evaluation appointments are generally available within one to three months. There is increased demand for appointments at the beginning of the school year, after grading periods and towards the end of the school year.
- Collect other pertinent information, such as copies of previous evaluations, letters from other providers, report cards and medical records. Please forward this information to us prior to your appointment so that we can review it in preparation for your visit.
- First appointment (up to two hours): We encourage all primary caregivers to attend this appointment. Multiple members of our team are typically involved in your child's assessment. During the first part of the evaluation, we will discuss your concerns and review your child's developmental and medical history. The evaluation includes an interview/observation of your child, development/academic screening as appropriate, and a physical exam. Our team will meet to review our findings and discuss our recommendations with you.
- Follow-up appointments (30 minutes): Our patients typically have one to two follow-up appointments with us, but some families see us for a longer period of time. Our goal is for your child's physician to take over coordination of care once an effective plan is in place.