From The PT: What is Developmental Pediatrics?

I would like to introduce Dr. Allessandro Barreiro (Dr. Allie), who hails from Baltimore and attended John Hopkins for undergraduate studies, University of Pittsburgh for medical school and Jefferson/AI Dupont for pediatric residency.   She is currently completing a 3-year specialty program in developmental behavioral pediatrics at The Child Development Unit at Childrens Hospital of Colorado.

She is at Rise on Mondays with me so that she can observe an inclusive community setting.   She has provided some information to explain the role of a “developmental pediatrician” as compared to a pediatrician.

Lisa Swenson, PT

When might I want my child seen by a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician If I already have a General Pediatrician?

Your child’s pediatrician is trained to monitor your child’s overall growth and development and identify if your child is having difficulty meeting his or her developmental milestones. However, there are many developmental and behavioral concerns that are not necessarily identified in the typical pediatric well child evaluation due to time or training limitations. A Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician (DBP) is a general pediatrician who has 3 or more additional years of training in child development and behavior and is an expert at identifying common childhood disorders and delays of cognition, social, emotional, behavioral, motor, and language development. Commonly identified conditions include autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, ADHD, and genetic conditions that can lead to developmental delays. DBPs often work closely with other clinicians such as psychologists and therapists and complete comprehensive and detailed evaluations that may include cognitive, adaptive, and autism specific measures. A DBP will review your child’s medical and school records including birth history, medications, IEPs and IFSPs, teacher questionnaires, and previous lab work or imaging to create an overall assessment and recommendations (including labwork, referrals, or therapies) for supporting your child’s development.  If you have concerns about your child’s development or behavior, talk to your pediatrician about a possible referral to a DBP.

Dr. Allesandro Barreiro