The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics is a multidisciplinary group that specializes in the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of children with developmental delaysautismADHDDown syndrome, learning disabilities, and intellectual disabilities.


Our team believes in family-centered care, recognizing that the parents or guardians have a wealth of knowledge about their child’s development and are seen as an integral part of the care team. Every child is unique, and we strive to recognize the specific needs of your child and family.

Initial appointments may be with one of the following providers or team of providers:

  • Developmental pediatrician
  • Nurse practitioner/physician associate
  • Psychologist
  • Speech, occupational, and/or physical therapist *

*Please note we do not provide ongoing therapy services such as ABA therapy, speech therapy or occupational therapy, but we can provide you with referrals for these services.

Our Specialists

The entire staff is dedicated to evaluating and treating pediatric patients starting from infancy and before they enter school through adolescence. Our team has many years of experience and a great depth of knowledge about childhood development. Our specialists include:

Our team works closely with all other Lurie Children’s specialists as needed, including close affiliations with the Divisions of Neonatology, Neurology, Genetics, Primary Care, Psychiatry, Audiology, Ophthalmology, ENT, Epilepsy, Nutrition and Rehabilitative Services.

Make an Appointment

Please call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC) to initiate all referrals into the Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Prior to your appointment, we also encourage you to sign up for MyChart.

There may be a significant waiting period between when you are referred and when your initial appointment occurs. The current wait time for an initial appointment is currently around 30 months.

It is important to know that your child may be eligible for help now, even before your initial visit with our team. To help identify your child’s needs and getting services to help your child progress, visit our Resources & Family Support page to see what you can do while waiting for your first visit. 

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