Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

If you have concerns about your child’s behavior, development or suspect autism spectrum disorder, our experts can help. If you’re noticing delays in your child’s language or motor skills; you feel his or her social skills are lacking; your child is having difficulties in school; or toilet training, sleeping or feeding are leaving you frustrated; talk to your pediatrician to request a referral to one of our developmental and behavioral pediatricians who will evaluate your child and provide you with the guidance you need.

Developmental and Behavioral Challenges We Can Help You With

We can help your infant, toddler, or child from birth to 18 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 – in addition to clinical evaluations,  our team is developing a new interactive screening test (RITA-T) to identify autism spectrum disorders in toddlers earlier and we are working with community providers and early intervention programs to develop models for early identification
  • Behavioral problems (e.g., aggression, self injury, hyperactivity)
  • Delays in play and social interaction
  • Developmental delays, including language, motor, cognitive 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, cognitive 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 7 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.

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

  • Medical Associates, Leominster
  • Satellite Clinic, Northborough


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:

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:

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

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

Cerebral Palsy Group – Cerebral Palsy Group is a national organization that provides resources and education to those affected by cerebral palsy. Visit:

Cerebral Palsy Guide – Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and emotional support for those affected by cerebral palsy. Visit:

Intake Form and Questionnaires

For your convenience, links to intake and questionnaire forms are provided below. However, prior to returning any questionnaires, your child’s primary care physician must submit an intake form and you must register your child with our division.

Physicians: Please complete the intake form and fax it to the DBP office. Ask your patient’s family to call the DBP office to register. Then, you may provide your patient’s family with the questionnaires or direct them to this website to download a copy.

Parents: Once your primary care physician has sent an intake form and you have registered with the DBP office, you may download the parent and teacher questionnaires that are appropriate for the age of the child being referred. Once complete, mail them to the DBP office. Your materials will be evaluated by our physicians and, if appropriate, we will contact you to schedule an appointment.


Appointments: 855-UMASS-MD

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


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Telephone: 774-442-3028

UMass Memorial Medical Center

University Campus - Benedict Building

55 Lake Avenue North

Worcester, MA 01655