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Behavioral & Developmental Pediatrics


Services at the Center for Developing Minds

The Center for Developing Minds (CDM) offers a wide array of assessments and services to address the educational, behavioral and developmental needs of children and their families. Clinicians at the CDM craft their understanding of a child's neurodevelopmental functions based on focused behavioral observations of the child, developmental screenings and skilled interviews of both the child and his/her family. We create individual treatment plans that may encompass medical, behavioral and educational accommodations and therapies.

Given that every child is unique, the evaluation that we provide is tailored specifically for each child. Our office manager will assist in scheduling the most appropriate assessment for your child. Frequently, families participate in an introductory 90-minute session with one of the behavioral and developmental pediatricians, who will determine if specific follow-up testing would be beneficial.

Overview of Service Offerings

Behavioral Assessments
Behavioral Specialists
Child Development Chats
Developmental Assessments
Educational Counseling/ IEP Coaching
Homeschooling Support
Learning Assessments
Mental Health Services
Programs and Classes
Psycho-Educational Testing
Reading Clinic
Speech and Language Services



Behavioral Assessments
We help parents to understand the underlying cause of their child's behavior and develop appropriate treatment plans to support families. Behavioral evaluations at the CDM vary for each child, but can include various combinations of the following:
  • Detailed interviews.
  • Structured and informal play sessions.
  • Classroom observations.
  • Detailed assessments of the parent-child interaction, which can take place at the CDM or in the child's home.

Behavioral Specialists
The Behavioral Specialists at the CDM help clients with behavioral challenges, helping to train parents and teach school staff to prevent and address children's problem behaviors. The support can include a range of services, from ABA therapy for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, to on-site "supernanny" assistance for families struggling with issues related to sleep, toileting or excessive screen-time use. The work takes place either at the clinic, or in the child's home and educational settings. Our therapist develops individualized behavior intervention plans and guides the caregiver through the process.

In-Home/School Behavioral Specialist Program Overview

Child Development Chats
The clinicians at the Center for Developing Minds periodically host an informal and interactive session -- a Child Development Chat -- where topics in child behavior, development concerns and parenting questions can be discussed. The chats allow parents, teachers and other clinicians to learn from each other under the facilitation of Dr. Damon Korb, an experienced behavioral and developmental pediatrician, as well as other CDM professionals. The chat session will typically focus on a specific area of interest. A listing of these dates and topics can be found on the calendar link. Free of charge.

2017 Child Development Chat Schedule (PDF)*


Developmental Assessments
We determine if a child has a delay or a typical variation in the pattern of their development. To make this determination we offer the following services:
  • Interviews and informal play sessions.
  • Developmental testing using instruments nationally accepted as the "gold standard" for childhood assessments.
  • Diagnostic assessments of pervasive developmental disorders, such as autism. These assessments may be done during a comprehensive evaluation, or in our developmental screening clinic.


Educational Counseling/ IEP Coaching
The Educational Psychologists at the CDM are available to help guide families in the collaborative development of educational plans. Our experts provide individualized advocacy and educational counseling to address questions and concerns regarding a childís educational plan. The CDM IEP coaching team can assess and interpret any current documentation a family has regarding a student (SST notes, email exchanges, 504 plans, psychoeducational evaluations, IEP documents). Appointments can be scheduled at any time during the process, whether the studentís IEP is under initial development or up for review. For more information, please see the link below:

Educational Counseling/IEP Coaching Overview


Homeschooling Support
The Education Specialists at the CDM help serve home-schooled students who need support for developmental variations, such as those with executive dysfunctions, autism, ADHD, giftedness, emotional dysregulation, and twice-exceptional students. Sessions can be flexibly scheduled during morning or early-afternoon hours to work one-on-one, or in small groups, with students from elementary school through college. The specific needs of each student is individully addressed and may focus on reading remediation, writing skills, assistive technology, or the development of executive function skills.



Learning Assessments
We combine medical and psychological approaches to detect developmental variations in learning. We provide detailed learning evaluations and treatment plans. We also help parents to work with schools so that their child achieves optimal services.
  • Licensed psychological testing of cognition and academic abilities.
  • Classroom observations.
  • Neurodevelopmental assessments of a child's strengths and weaknesses within the learning process.
  • Educational advocacy.

Mental Health Services
We offer counseling services and expert psychopharmacological management.
  • Child and family therapy, including help for couples, siblings and single-parents.
  • Medication management for children with neurodevelopmental and psychological disorders, such as attention deficits, depression, anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, tics and limited impulse control.


Programs and Classes
The CDM offers a variety of programs and support groups for students throughout the year. The class instructors address issues such as organization, anger management, attention, social-skills and friendship during the multi-week sessions. Please visit the "programs" page for details on each group and how to enroll.


Psycho-Educational Testing
The Center for Developing Minds is an interdisciplinary developmental clinic, which allows us to provide a broad range of psychological and educational evaluation services for children. Our board-certified behavioral and developmental pediatricians and specialty trained licensed educational psychologists select and conduct the most appropriate assessment for your child.

The CDM provides complete evaluations for learning differences, comprehensive reports explaining the results of the assessment, and recommendations that help the student achieve at a higher level at school.

In addition, students rely on the CDM psychoeducational testing services to provide them with the comprehensive documentation that they need for:
  • Accurate diagnoses of learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety and depression.
  • Applications to determine accommodation eligibility for schools and/or special examinations (e.g. SAT, ACT, GRE, private school admissions tests).
  • Recommendations for special education, Section 504, GATE eligibility, support and services.
For more details about the psychoeducational testing services available at the CDM, an information sheet is available below.

Psycho-Educational Assessments & Testing Overview



Reading Clinic
We have a reading specialist at the CDM who can properly assess your child's reading abilities and create an individualized instruction plan designed to provide results. The overall goal for reading clinic is to develop independent readers who can use a variety of strategies to read grade-level text. The specialist reviews the child's knowledge of sound/symbol relationships, determines their knowledge of the regular rules and patterns in the English language, and analyzes the current techniques that the child is currently using when reading. Once this appraisal is complete, the specialist utilizes multisensory strategies to develop your child's personalized action plan.

Speech and Language Services
The Center for Developing Minds offers an array of services to address speech and language delays in children -- from toddlers to teenagers. By working one-on-one with our speech and language specialist, children improve their language skills, helping to increase their self-esteem and boost their performance in the classroom with schoolwork and with peers. Specific treatment areas include:
  • Articulation difficulties,
  • Early-intervention language delays in toddlers and pre-school age children (e.g., children who are not talking as much as their peers, or who donít seem to understand what people are saying),
  • Students with language delays, such as difficulty with forming sentences, following directions, interpreting non-literal language, using correct grammar or understanding story sequencing),
  • Auditory processing problems, including students who have issues with following verbal instructions or directions,
  • Oral motor difficulties (i.e., oral muscle weakness, drooling).



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