Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Overview The intersection between a child's development, behavior, and emotional and physical health is the province of developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Is a baby extraordinarily fussy and difficult to comfort? Is a preschooler having "accidents" long past potty training? Does a grade schooler have difficulty focusing and paying attention in class? How is chronic illness affecting a young teen's readiness for high school?
Any of these issues are a valid reason for consulting with your child's pediatrician. If concerns persist, or the pediatrician advises it, a consultation by a developmental and behavioral specialist may be in order. At Stony Brook Children's Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, we assist families and primary care physicians in the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of a broad range of developmental, behavioral, learning, and genetic disorders. In addition to providing clinical care and consultation, our team is actively involved in research and education, contributing significantly to local, regional, national, and international conversations addressing children's medical status, emotional health, development and behavior.
Our Team Our developmental and behavioral pediatrics team consists of three Developmental Pediatrics subspecialists and one psychologist. All four professionals collaborate with other specialists and subspecialists within our academic medical center to seek the best possible outcomes for each child. In addition, we work with child's family, school and other agencies to obtain the input necessary to address each patient's unique needs and problems.
Patient Resources Within the developmental and behavioral pediatrics division, we assess each child's needs and challenges and work with the family to develop a care plan leading to developmental, behavioral and learning success. In addition to evaluation and clinical care consultations, we also can recommend therapies (physical, occupational, and speech), tutoring, and family support services such as those available through Stony Brook's Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
Research and Education Each member of the developmental and behavioral pediatrics team serves as an educator and a researcher as well as a clinician. The Division teaches medical students and residents enrolled in the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Dr. Janet Fischel also serves as Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Pediatrics.
Through research and publications, the team makes vital contributions to the body of knowledge within their field.
Dr. Janet Fischel is one of nine members of the National Early Literacy Panel of the National Institute for Family Literacy. The panel's report, Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel, was published in 2008. Based on this report, the National Center for Family Literacy published an introductory teacher guide, What Works, for early language and literacy instruction, in 2009.
Dr. Fischel was interviewed for an April 2010 news item in New York Parent on high-need babies: