Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Do you need help with your child’s short attention span … bedwetting … speech delay … anxiety? Our developmental and behavioral pediatricians at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center can assist parents with these challenges and more.

Developmental and Behavioral Challenges We Can Help You With

We can help your infant, toddler, or child from birth to 16 years of age with the following concerns:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Communication delays
  • Developmental delays
  • Learning difficulties
  • Speech and language delays
  • Social difficulties
  • Growth and nutrition problems
  • Anxiety
  • Attention problems
  • Bedwetting and toilet training resistance

Developmental and Behavioral Specialty Clinics

Zero to Three Program - For children birth to 36 months of age with concerns of:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Behavioral problems (e.g., aggression, self injury, hyperactivity)
  • Delays in play and social interaction
  • Developmental delays, including language, motor, congnitive and global developmental delays

Three to Five Program - For children 37 months of age to 5 years of age with concerns of:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Behavioral problems (e.g., aggression, hyperactivity)
  • Developmental delays, including language, motor, congnitive and global developmental delays
  • Difficulties with social interactions
  • Learning problems

School Age Program - For children between 5 and 16 years of age with concerns of:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Learning problems
  • Attention problems
  • Behavioral problems
  • Difficulties with social interactions

Toileting Clinic - For children 2 through 10 years of age who are resistance to toilet training for stool (encopresis) and/or urine (daytime enuresis). Children with nighttime bedwetting issues are seen at any age. We can help you with problem-focused (vs. a medical/physical problem) issues in four sessions, two weeks apart. Follow-up sessions are determined at the fourth meeting.

Child Anxiety Clinic – For children under the age of 13. Our experts will use therapeutic methods consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help your child. Types of problems include:

  • Excessive shyness
  • Fears associated with sleep and eating
  • General fears
  • Phobias 
  • Selective mutism
  • Separation anxiety
  • Social anxiety

Growth and Nutrition Clinic - For children birth to 10 years old who show failure to thrive. This is a multidisciplinary clinic that works with UMass Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. If your child is under the third percentile for weight, shows very slow weight gain, or has concerning weight loss that involves nutritional and/or behavioral components, we can help.

NICU Clinic - Our team performs developmental evaluations on NICU babies up to 3 years of age.

Autism Early Diagnosis Clinic - For children up to 3 years of age whose families, physicians or early intervention programs are concerned about an autism spectrum disorder. The clinic is located in Bourne (4 Barlows Landing, Pocasset), MA, at the Children Making Strides office. Call: 508-563-5767

Behavioral Consultations - For your convenience, we offer additional locations for consults, treatment and evaluations of children with a wide-range of behavioral issues. Call: 1-855-UMASS MD.

  • Medical Associates, Leominster
  • Satellite Clinic, Southborough

Resources

Early intervention - These programs provide therapy for children between birth and three years of age who have developmental delays or are at risk for delays due to environmental factors. Services take place in the home or other natural settings, such as day care. To find the program that services your town, visit: www.massfamilyties.org.

Public schools – Your school district is responsible for providing services and therapy for developmental delays. To request eligibility and evaluation, contact your district. To learn more about the special education process and Individualized Education Plans (IEP), visit: www.doe.mass.edu/sped/iep.

Autism Resource Center of Central Mass – This group offers support, education, resources and fun activities for families. Visit: www.autismresourcecentral.org.

Mass Health – Some children with developmental delays may qualify for supplemental coverage. Call: Mass Family Voices at 800-331-0688 extension 301.

Appointments: 855-UMASS-MD

Locations:

Children's Medical Center
University Campus, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Memorial Campus, 119 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA 01605

Children's Hospital Association 


The National Children's Study

 

 

Telephone: 774-442-3028

UMass Memorial Medical Center

University Campus - Benedict Building

55 Lake Avenue North

Worcester, MA 01655