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Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

For a child with developmental or behavioral issues that make him or her “different” from his or her peers, life can be scary and frustrating. For the parents of that child, obtaining a timely, accurate diagnosis and access to appropriate treatment can be equally frustrating. Fortunately, you have access to a comprehensive team of pediatric developmental and behavioral specialists at BBCH.

We evaluate, diagnose, counsel and provide treatment options for children, adolescents and their families with a wide range of developmental and behavioral difficulties. For our patients, we serve as advocates in schools and in the community – and teach parents how to do the same – to ensure that children have access to all the appropriate services and support resources to which they are entitled. Our success in this regard results from the strong, collaborative relationship we have cultivated with Maine’s network of community-based child development and social services.

Conditions Treated

We see children from infancy through young adulthood with a wide range of developmental and behavioral disorders and
conditions including:

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) including Asperger’s syndrome
  • Behavioral disorders including discipline issues, oppositional-defiant behavior and conduct problems
  • Delayed development in speech, language, motor skills or thinking ability
  • Depression
  • Developmental disabilities resulting from chronic pediatric illnesses or disabling conditions
  • Sleep problems
  • Temper tantrums
  • Toilet-training issues including encopresis (soiling) and enuresis (bedwetting)
  • Tourette’s syndrome and other tic or habit disorders

Program Highlights

  • We are a team of pediatric developmental and behavioral specialists, including board-certified physicians who have advanced subspecialty training
  • Provide an added depth of expertise in how children’s brains function with pediatric neuropsychologists
  • Streamlined access to the full array of pediatric subspecialists who practice at BBCH, which is especially important for children with complex health care issues

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The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital is a department of Maine Medical Center