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Developmental Pediatrics

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Developmental Pediatrics Phone Number (Existing Patients): 703.635.2703

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Hamaker Location
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Comprehensive care for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders, including cognitive, motor, social, and behavioral needs

The Developmental Pediatrics team at Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV) has unique expertise in caring for children with impairments of typical brain function that often impact their behavior, memory, and ability to learn. These disorders often first appear in early childhood as cognitive, motor, social, and behavioral problems that affect daily life, including school and family.

Developmental Pediatrics is a subspecialty of pediatrics and neurology but does not take the place of primary care for our patients. Patients should continue to receive care in their medical homes.

We see new patients up to the age of 18 but will follow existing patients through 22 years of age.

Conditions evaluated and supported by our team include:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Communication disorders
  • Developmental coordination disorders (dyspraxia)
  • Developmental delays
  • Developmental differences related to genetic and congenital conditions, such as Down syndrome and Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Problems at school
    • Learning disabilities
    • Behavioral problems
  • Sleep difficulties

What to expect at your initial evaluation:

  • You and your child will meet with one of our specialists (physician, nurse practitioner, or psychologist), and initial history, skilled developmental observation, and examination will be completed. 
  • This will include a review of prior testing and current therapeutic and academic services.
  • Your provider will give a diagnosis if appropriate at that time and/or whether further testing/assessment is needed to clarify the diagnosis. This may include any combination of the following:
    • Testing through your local school system
    • Caregiver and teacher rating scales
    • In-house psychological diagnostic assessment
    • Referral for private neuropsychological testing

What to expect in ongoing care for your child:

An important component of treating any developmental disorder is providing families with education and support for daily life. The team will work with you to develop a full care plan, including:

  • Advice for communicating about your child’s needs with the school system and teachers, including assistance with creating and managing individual education plans (IEP) and Section 504 accommodations.
  • Referrals and coordinated care with your child’s primary care physician, additional specialists, and other needed support services
  • Medication management –  e.g. for ADHD; anxiety or depression associated with other developmental concerns managed in this clinic; behavior problems associated with Autism spectrum disorder
  • If determined to be appropriate, medication management for ADHD, anxiety, or depression may be initiated in this clinic:
    • Once the provider establishes that the patient is on a stable dose of medication, ongoing regular monitoring and prescription will then be transitioned back to the medical home.
    • We remain available for consultation with the medical home if concerns or questions arise.
    • We will continue to provide support around associated learning, behavioral, and social needs.
  • For patients receiving any prescriptions in this office, they can expect to return monthly as doses are being titrated, and every 3 months thereafter.
  • For patients who are not receiving medications from our clinic, the frequency of follow-up visits will vary.  This is typically every 6 months, but at times of increased need or transition, visits may be more frequent.

 

Our Team

The Developmental Pediatrics team comprised of:

Additional Information

Hamaker Court (Fairfax) – Suite 300

Existing Patient # – 703.635.2703

Fax # – 571.266.0472