Developmental disorders may include cognitive or learning disabilities, global developmental delays, autism, neuromotor conditions such as cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, communication disorders, hearing or visual impairments, and behavioral disorders.
Developmental pediatricians provide consultation and work closely with a child’s or youth’s “circle of care,” integrating information from other specialists and allied health team members. They advocate for optimizing child and youth abilities within the family, learning environment, culture and community.
Our outpatient setting, the Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program (ABCDP), is a unique place for kids to learn and grow. We offer diagnostic and treatment services to children 0-18 years of age, as well as support for families. Our commitment is to serve children and adolescents who display, or are at significant risk for, developmental, cognitive and/or physical challenges.
Using a family-centered approach, we work in partnership with parents to try to understand the specific needs of their child. We are open to receiving requests from parents and caregivers, physicians and other agencies.
Clinics within the Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program
- Developmental Assessment Clinic
- Neuromotor Assessment Clinic
- FASD Assessment Clinic
- Brain Injury Clinic
- NICU Follow Up Clinic
- Muscular Dystrophy Clinic
- Spinal Cord Clinic
- Orthopedic Clinic
- Augmentative and Alternate Communication Team
- Feeding Team
- Specialized Seating Team
Research activities within developmental pediatrics focus on:
- Complex pediatric therapies follow-up
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
- Children with complex neurodevelopmental disorders
- Medical education
Talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner and ask how to see a developmental pediatrician.
Sources of Medical Information
- Canadian Paediatric Society Caring for Kids: Growing & Learning
- Canadian Paediatric Society Caring for Kids: Behaviour & Parenting
- Health Supervision Guide - The Rourke Baby Record (RBR) - first 5 years of life
- Health Supervision Guide - Greig Health Record - Ages 6 to 17 years
- Evidence-based Milestone Ages as a Framework for Developmental Surveillance