Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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The Division of Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville is a unique tertiary center that provides center-based and outreach diagnostic evaluations and treatment to infants and children with, or at risk for, developmental disabilities, autism, organic behavior disorders (ADHD) and learning disabilities.

State-of-the-art treatment programs serve children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and/or feeding disorders. Comprehensive care of children with inborn errors of metabolism is provided through medical and dietary management and enzyme infusion.

The staff actively participate in training the next generation of professionals involved in the care of these individuals and is involved in clinical research in both developmental-behavioral pediatrics and genetics at the Norton Children's Medical Group - Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics at the Novak Center for Children's Health in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.  The academic providers maintain national, state and local prominence through their many unique programs.

Funding

The Division of Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics is supported by a variety of public and private sources.  We would like to say thank you to:

Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services: Division for Adult & Child Health

Kosair Charities

WHAS Crusade for Children

Division of Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics & Genetics

Academic Office:
Kosair Charities Pediatrics Center
571 S. Floyd Street, Suite 200, Louisville, KY  40202

Clinical Outpatient Office:
Norton Children's Development Center
Novak Center for Children's Health
411 E. Chestnut Street, Level 2, Louisville, KY 40202


Faculty

 

Margaret Calvery, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics

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Julianna Crider, MS, RDN, LDN
Metabolic Nutritionist

 

 

 


Maria P. Mendoza, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Division Chief, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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Diana Pantalos, PhD, RDN, LD
Metabolic Nutritionist

 

 

 


Lonnie L. Sears, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics

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Scott Tomchek, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Developmental Services
Medical Director, UofL Autism Center

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Robin Weller, RDN, LDN
Pediatric Nutritionist

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P. Gail Williams, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Program Director, Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics Pediatrics Program

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Wendy Hilton
Fellowship Coordinator
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Fax: 502-852-9206

Developmental - Behavioral Specialty
Service Lines and Programs

Coaching in Early Intervention Training and Mentorship Program (Click to access more information)

Kentucky’s Early Intervention System’s (KEIS) First Steps is a statewide early intervention system that provides services to children from birth to age 3 with developmental disabilities and their families. First Steps is Kentucky's response to the federal Infant-Toddler Program. First Steps offers comprehensive services through a variety of community agencies and service disciplines and is administered by the Department for Public Health in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 

Kentucky’s Early Intervention System’s current State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) focuses on family outcomes and includes goals targeting the skills of both the Point of Entry (POE) staff and providers who conduct early intervention services. For providers, the SSIP stakeholder group chose to focus on four evidence-based practices (EBPs): coaching as a parent mediated intervention, routines-based interventions, natural environments, and strength-based coaching. The Coaching in Early Intervention Training and Mentorship Program (CEITMP) is designed to provide the foundational knowledge and supports to implement these EBPs.

Feeding Disorders Program 

Interdisciplinary Feeding Evaluations

In conjunction with the family, the clinic-based evaluations identify the primary feeding problems to allow for the development of appropriate therapeutic interventions.  These evaluations include:

  • Review of family concerns and goals
  • Diet Assessment
  • Review of medical, feeding and diet history
  • Assessment of sensory/behavioral factors
  • Oral mechanism exam
  • Feeding observation assessment
  • Family consultation to review evaluation findings and recommendations

Therapeutic Intervention

Direct and consultative feeding therapy is available and provided by relevant team members as determined by the interdisciplinary evaluation.  Active home programming is a vital component of both models of intervention.

Contact the Norton Children's Development Center to schedule an appointment.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Clinic

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) constitute the range of deficits seen in children and adults exposed to alcohol in utero (prior to birth). FASD is a hidden disability because there may be subtle to no effects on the physical appearance of the affected individual, yet there can be neurocognitive or neurobehavioral deficits that can have a significant impact on the entire person’s life.  Diagnoses within FASD include fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), partial fetal alcohol syndrome (PFAS), alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND) and alcohol-related birth defects.

The FASD team at Norton Children's Development Center provides evaluations by a developmental pediatrician, a geneticist, a psychologist, a speech and language pathologist and a clinical social worker.  Psychoeducational testing and occupational therapy evaluation will be done as needed.  These clinics are intended to serve all individuals under the age of 18 with a suspected fetal alcohol spectrum disorder or who have been exposed to alcohol in utero.  Case management services in the context of other community and educational services will be provided by a licensed clinical social worker.

The FASD team is part of a statewide task force that aims to improve the diagnosis, therapy and prevention of FASD in Kentucky.

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Fragile X Clinic

The Fragile X clinic at Norton Children's Development Center is designed for individuals under the age of 18 who have an established Fragile X diagnosis.  A team consisting of professionals in the fields of developmental pediatrics, occupational therapy, psychology, speech/language pathology and clinical social work will provide the family with an updated evaluation of current functioning levels. The team will then utilize the evaluation results to work with the family on program planning and linking them with other community resources.

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Nutrition Services(Click to access more information)

The Norton Children's Development Center provides medical nutrition therapy to patients in several specialty areas of pediatrics service lines within the Norton Children's Medical Group. The pediatric nutritionist sees patients with cardiac, cancer, and blood disorder diagnoses, as well as several other medical conditions. Our metabolic nutritionists follow genetics patients with inherited metabolic disorders. We are also a part of the interdisciplinary Feeding Disorders Program.

Developmental - Behavioral Fellowship Program

The Developmental - Behavioral Fellowship Program at the University of Louisville is a three-year program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  The fellowship program focuses on preparing fellows for patient care, teaching, research and scholarship, leadership and advocacy in the field of Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics.

Our program is located in the Norton Children's Medical Group - Weisskopf Center which was established in 1966 and provides state-of-the-art interdisciplinary diagnostic and treatment services for children with developmental and genetic disorders.  Our faculty and clinicians include developmental-behavioral pediatricians, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and social workers.

Fellows receive exceptional clinical training in our rich interdisciplinary environment.  They will provide evaluation and care for children with a range of developmental and behavioral conditions such as autism, developmental delay, feeding disorders, learning disability, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Tourette’s disorder, behavior and mood disorders, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Visit the Developmental - Behavioral Fellowship Program section of our website for more information about the application process, benefits, and more.