What We Treat

Many children experience developmental delays or disabilities in childhood. The nature and severity of the delay can vary. Some children experience a delay in one area of development, while others experience multiple delays. This can make daily activities like walking, getting dressed, communicating and playing even more challenging than for other children.

Regardless of the type or severity of delay, evidence demonstrates all children benefit from early recognition of the problem and timely treatment. The treatment should be tailored to the child’s specific developmental needs. Early identification and treatment can help your child reach his or her own maximum potential.

Gaining access to beneficial support while your child is young helps build a solid foundation for their future learning and success. Our developmental neurology team is committed to partnering with you and your family to help your child reach their full potential and lead a rich and fulfilling life.

We see children for a variety of different concerns, including:

  • Global developmental delay
  • Speech delay
  • Intellectual disability or cognitive delay
  • Autism spectrum disorder with specific neurological concerns
  • Motor delay
  • Coordination problems
  • Hypotonia or hypertonia
  • Microcephaly or macrocephaly
  • Developmental regression

Conditions we don't treat in our clinic:

  • Behavior problems or medicine management for behavior
  • Aggression
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Recent trauma, abuse and neglect (less than 12 months)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) without specific neurological concerns

These children are better served by:

Services We Offer

Our interdisciplinary team provides comprehensive neurodevelopmental evaluations for infants, toddlers, school-age children and adolescents. Depending on the age of your child and reason for the referral, your child may be seen by one or more members of our team, including a child neurologist, developmental behavioral pediatrician or clinical psychologist. Our evaluations are tailored to meet the individual needs of your child and family. All children receive medical evaluations by a child neurologist or developmental pediatrician, and, if appropriate, specific psychological and developmental testing. Our team will provide you with comprehensive feedback to discuss your child’s diagnosis, their strengths and weaknesses, and recommendations for medical and/or neurological testing, as well as therapeutic interventions.

Depending on the needs of your child, we may refer them to be seen in our Neuromuscular, Cerebral Palsy or Neurogenetic-Metabolic Clinic. We also work closely with providers in the Children’s and Emory University network, and in the community to ensure coordinated care following our evaluations.

Make a referral
Referrals may be submitted by a child’s primary care provider or other specialist, and can be made through our online provider referral form. Select Developmental Neurology under the specialty needed tab when completing the form.

The program does not accept self-referrals at this time.

Complete our online provider referral form

Meet the Team

Our interdisciplinary team is comprised of child neurologists, developmental behavioral pediatricians, clinical psychologists, genetic counselors, nurses and social workers. Our physicians have expertise in a variety of neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, and neurometabolic and genetic disorders. Our Program is led by Medical Director, Reet K. Sidhu, MD, and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, D. David O'Banion, MD.

Neurology

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

Psychology

  •  Tiffany Aronson, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist
  • Christine Hall, PhD, Clinical Psychologist 

Social Work

  • Laveda Doxey, MSW, LCSW

Genetic Counseling

  • Rachel Logan, MMSc, Genetic Counselor 

Program Management 

  • Beth Beynon

Helpful Resources

Preparing for your appointment

The tips below will help you and your child prepare for your visit in advance:

  • Bring copies of your child’s previous medical, psychological or school testing forms.
  • Locate our clinic before your visit to reduce stress that day. Our office addresses are at the bottom of this information sheet.
  • Allow at least 10 to15 minutes before the start of your scheduled appointment to find a parking space and enter the building.
  • Talk to your child beforehand about what to expect during their visit. They will meet with doctors who will ask questions so that they can better understand how to help them. Doctors will interact with them, but they will not be getting any shots during the visit.
  • You are encouraged to bring your child’s favorite toy, a drink and snacks as a means of comfort during the appointment. Expect a wait time of about 30 minutes.
  • Leave siblings and other family members at home. Clinic space is limited and additional family members will be asked to wait in the waiting room during the appointment.

What to bring to your appointment

Bring copies of your child’s previous medical, psychological or school testing forms.

Examples include:

  • Individualized education plan (IEP)
  • Results from medical testing, such as an MRI or CT scan, EEG, sleep study or genetic testing
  • Blood, urine or spinal fluid testing
  • Babies Can’t Wait evaluations
  • Speech, occupational or physical therapy evaluations
  • Psychological evaluations from school or private care provider
  • Neuropsychological evaluations
  • Psychiatric evaluations

What to expect during your appointment

During your appointment, you and your child will meet with one or more of our team members to discuss your concerns in order to determine the appropriate diagnosis, treatment and intervention for your child.

The length of your child’s appointment will vary depending on their specific developmental concerns and health needs, and how many providers they need to see. When you are contacted to schedule your child’s appointment, you will be advised how long to allow for your visit.

Developmental Neurology Program

Please join us once a month for our Patient Family Education Series taking place in the Teaching Classroom, Level 1 of the CAP building.

The Role of Medications in the Management of your Child: the Good, the Bad, the Facts

July 11, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Locations

Center for Advanced Pediatrics
1400 Tullie Road NE
Fourth Floor
Atlanta, GA 30329

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