Developmental Pediatrics

A renowned practice with a reputation for understanding

Located at our Squirrel Hill campus, our developmental pediatric practice is led by Dr. Scott Faber and serves infants, children, and teens with developmental delays. These patients may have educational, physical or behavioral concerns, or they may be at risk for such things.

There are a numerous reasons why a child can have or develop a developmental delay:

  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Behavior disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Birth issues, such as babies who are premature or have been in newborn intensive care units
  • Developmental disability
  • Down syndrome
  • Fragile X
  • Spina Bifida

There’s more to the diagnosis than the diagnosis.

Often, there are underlying medical issues associated with development delays, such as:

  • Organic sleep disorders,
  • Dysphagia
  • Seizures
  • Communications disorders
  • Nutrition issues
  • Environmental issues

Our approach: Multi-disciplinary and completely individualized

We know that every child's development is unique; and we look at developmental delays on a child-by-child basis.

Using traditional and integrated treatments, our developmental pediatrician works to identify, treat and alleviate the symptoms that impact the child’s ability to function. This treatment often includes therapy services.

For each child, we have a specialized team of therapists in addition to our developmental pediatrician, all evaluating and collaborating to determine where each child needs help and the best way to provide it. Parents and caregivers are also a critical part of our team.

developmental pediatrics

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.

Mixed Developmental Delays

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

Biofeedback helps kids with ADHD refocus. One of the tools used by this practice is Brain Blood Flow and EEG Biofeedback for ADHD. Through this safe, non-invasive treatment, 8 to 18 year-olds learn how to train their brains and increase their focus.

 

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