Developmental Disabilities & Delays

Parents naturally watch for any developmental disabilities and delays with their child soon after birth. If you suspect that your child's progress is behind that of other children his or her age, you may have questions like: "Why isn't my child crawling?", "Why isn't my child talking?" or "How can I help my child with learning problems in school?"

What Our Developmental Pediatricians Do

We work closely with a multi-disciplinary care team to diagnose and treat developmental problems in infants, children and teenagers. At UVA, we'll connect you to community resources, including school intervention programs and social services agencies.

See us for evaluations of your child's growth in:

  • Language
  • Motor skills
  • Cognitive abilities
  • Behavior
  • Social development

Registered dietitians can help assess your child's nutrition and diet needs.

Prenatal Consultations

Many developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome or spina bifida, may be detected before a child is born. Our doctors offer prenatal counseling to educate parents about the special needs of children with developmental disabilities.

Conditions We Treat

  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Spina bifida (myelomeningocele)
  • Intellectual disabilities 
Evaluating Developmental Disabilities & Delays

Autism Support

We offer support groups and activities for families of children with autism spectrum disorder, including workshops on social skills.

Learn more about the support we offer at the UVA Child Development and Rehabilitation Center.

Early Intervention for Preschoolers

We provide evaluations and next-step recommendations for preschool-aged children with a variety of developmental and behavioral concerns through our Developmental Pediatrics Clinic.

Though your child’s primary care doctor will continue to provide your child's basic care, we periodically monitor your child’s progress and determine if other services are needed.