DDC Clinical Diagnostic Assessment and Therapy Services
Developmental Pediatric Clinics:
Our medical, diagnostic and therapy evaluation services will be individually selected to address the referral concerns for each patient based on the information provided by the family and the referring physician on the DDC intake forms.
Interdisciplinary Team Assessment:
This assessment consists of an extensive evaluation of complex conditions by an interdisciplinary team who will investigate developmental concerns in children from toddlers to 12 years of age, educate parents and generate diagnosis-specific management recommendations.
Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic:
This clinic is for children from infancy to late adolescent years. It provides families a comprehensive evaluation, medical management and educational strategies for children with suspected or previously diagnosed Autism Disorder, PDD.NOS, and Asperger’s Disorder.
Developmental Medical Clinics:
These clinics provide initial and follow-up diagnostic consultation for children who are at risk or experiencing developmental, learning, or non-psychiatric behavior problems from infancy to 12 years of age. Medication consultation is available for children with behavioral or sleep issues related to their developmental disorders.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic:
The ADD/ADHD Clinic provides initial assessment and on-going consultation for children whose primary problem is inattention, disorganization, distractibility, disruptive behavior, impulsivity and hyperactivity.
Developmental Outreach Clinics:
The outreach program provides diagnostic assessment, consultations and follow-up for children with a focus on the identification of developmental disabilities in early childhood from infancy to 12 years of age.
PEDIATRIC PCYHOLOLGY CLINICS:
This clinic provides assessment and therapy for children with a wide variety of feeding problems, such as picky eating, poor volume or weaning from tube feedings. This clinic serves children from infancy to 12 years, including children with developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Behavioral Change and Emotional Support for Overweight Youth:
This clinic assists children and families in coping with being overweight and with making changes that are being recommended medically. It provides a short-term intervention focused on instigating behavioral changes and improving long-term adjustment.
Coping with Chronic Illness:
Supportive and behavioral counseling is available for children who have a chronic illness such as Type I or Type II diabetes, cystic fibrosis or cancer.
Parenting and Behavior Management:
This clinic is designed to help parents with children who are significantly oppositional and noncompliant with their parents. Children must be between 2 to 5 years of age; must not have a history of hospitalization for emotional or behavioral problems, not have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and who have not had an injury to self or others.
This clinic offers cognitive behavioral therapy designed to decrease anxiety and improve social skill challenges associated with developmental and behavioral disorders such as Asperger’s Disorder.
Bereavement and Loss:
This clinic helps young children learn skills for coping when they have experienced a significant family death or loss resulting in new onset of emotional problems.
GI Elimination Disorders:
This clinic helps children and teenagers with psychological aspects of coping with and management of abdominal pain, cystic fibrosis, colitis, encopresis, enuresis.
DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATION SERVICES
Speech and Language Assessment:
Speech and language assessments consist of an evaluation of a variety of speech and language disorders including receptive/expressive language disorder, pragmatic/social language disorder, delayed language, articulation disorder, phonological disorder, and childhood apraxia of speech in children 12 years old and younger.
Psychological assessments use instruments to assist in measuring a child’s ability in a variety of domains including: intellectual, academic, developmental, emotional, personality and adaptive behavior. These measures help determine a child’s strengths as well as areas that may need
improvement as compared to same-aged peers. This information helps clinicians to provide appropriate recommendations for school interventions, therapy and related community services for children 12 years old and younger.
Pediatric Neuropsychological Evaluations:
A neuropsychological evaluation includes the above mentioned psychological evaluation measures as well as other sophisticated tests to help pinpoint more subtle areas of concern in a child’s psychological profile. These measures may include areas of memory, mental processing,
fine motor skills and executive functioning. Neuropsychological testing evaluates brain-behavior relationships and how they impact a child’s performance. Neuropsychological testing is conducted with children who are 6 years of age through late teen years.
Learning Disability Testing:
Learning disability testing offers assessments to determine specific learning disabilities and helps provide documentation for families to get appropriate services in their community for children in elementary and middle school from 6 to 12 years of age.