When Should You Consult with A Pediatric Developmental Specialist for Your Child?
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Understanding the difference between a Pediatric Developmental Specialist and your child’s Pediatrician is important for the overall care of your child.  A pediatrician is a medical doctor that specializes in the care and treatment of children from the moment of their birth until their teen years and provides them with all their needed health care.  A Pediatric Developmental Specialist is also a Pediatrician but possesses advanced knowledge and training in emotional, physical, social and behavioral development of children.

Pediatric Developmental Specialist – Training and Education

The training and education for a Pediatric Developmental Specialist includes the typical four years of medical school every doctor undertakes, an additional three years of pediatric residency training, additional years of developmental behavioral pediatric training and a board certification in pediatrics. 

When Should Your Child Be Seen by a Developmental Behavioral Specialist/Pediatrician?

As parents, we are all aware of our child’s personal traits and characteristics as well as their overall health and personal needs. We take note of our children’s ability to learn, communicate and socialize right from the start. If you find you have concerns about your child’s overall development and specifically with regard to emotional, behavioral, social or developmental abilities, then you should talk with your child’s primary pediatrician and ask for a referral to a Developmental Behavioral Specialist.

The Developmental Behavioral Specialists here at Riverside Medical Group work right alongside of pediatricians in their efforts to provide an advanced perspective to parents with regard to their child’s specialty needs. This team of doctors working together is committed and dedicated to helping every child be the best that they can be and live the fullest life possible.

Signs and Symptoms

There are a number of signs and symptoms that indicate your child may benefit greatly by consulting and treating with a Developmental Behavioral Specialist. Some of those signs and symptoms include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Delayed motor skills such as crawling, eating, and walking;
  • Delayed speech and a challenge understanding language altogether;
  • Bedwetting and complications with sleep;
  • The inability to socialize – presence of poor social skills;
  • Learning disabilities at school, including lack of attention span and inability to learn to read, write or perform math; and
  • Sensitivity to sight, sound, taste, smell and touch.

Additionally, if your child suffers from any of the following disorders or illnesses then we would highly recommend you schedule a consultation for you and your child with one of our Developmental Behavioral Specialists:

  • Cerebral Palsy;
  • Anxiety disorders;
  • Tourette Syndrome;
  • Attention Deficit Disorder;
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder;
  • Depression;
  • Spina Bifida;
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder; and
  • Complications due to prematurity.

What to Expect

When your child is seen by a Developmental Behavioral Specialist/Pediatrician the doctor may recommend additional tests be performed on your child and may also suggest that input from other therapists or pediatric specialists may be needed. Once additional testing is performed, the doctor will review all results and after a thorough, comprehensive evaluation will put a personalized treatment plan in place for your child. The plan recommended will help your child with forward moving progress.


If you are faced with concerns about your child’s overall wellness and especially their emotional, behavioral, social or developmental abilities, then consulting with a Developmental Behavioral Specialist here at the Riverside Medical Group will not only help to identify and clarify the complex issues your child and you are faced with but will also provide your child with a personalized treatment plan designed specifically to their individual needs. 

If your child is experiencing difficulty in any specialty area, then surely the insight, knowledge and expertise offered by our highly trained and certified Developmental Behavioral Specialists can benefit both you and your child today and moving forward.

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