Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

 

The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) evaluates infants, toddlers, children and adolescents through 18 years of age with a variety of developmental and behavioral concerns and challenges.

  • 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

We see patients at the University Campus in Worcester and the satellite clinic at UMass Memorial Medical Group at Northborough Crossing in Northborough. Referral and intake forms are available below. You can complete them as indicated and email them to us at PediDevelopmentalBehavioral@umassmemorial.org.

You can call us at: 508-334-8728.

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 6 and 18 years of age with concerns of:

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

Toileting Clinic – For children 2 through 10 years of age who are resistant to toilet training for stool (encopresis) and/or urine (daytime enuresis). Children and teens with nighttime bedwetting issues are seen at any age.

Child Anxiety Clinic – For children up to the age of 10. Our experts will use therapeutic methods consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help your child. Types of problems include general fears, phobias, social anxiety, mutism, separation issues, etc.

Growth and Nutrition Clinic – For children birth to 7 years old who are losing weight, have a very slow weight gain or are failing to thrive. This is a multidisciplinary clinic that works with UMass Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

NICU Follow-up Clinic – High-risk Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates are evaluated and followed up to 3 years of age.

 

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 email it to PediDevelopmentalBehavioral@umassmemorial.org. 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 or email them to PediDevelopmentalBehavioral@umassmemorial.org. Your information will be evaluated by our physicians and, if appropriate, we will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Resources

Early intervention – These programs provide therapy for children between birth and 3 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.

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

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

 

Appointments: 855-UMASS-MD

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

 

Children's Hospital Association 

 

Telephone: 774-442-3028

UMass Memorial Medical Center

University Campus - Benedict Building

55 Lake Avenue North

Worcester, MA 01655