CapitalCare Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
- Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
- Pediatric Neurology
Our LocationCapitalCare Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
7B Johnson Road Latham, NY 12110
Hours of Operation
Monday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Monday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Site Manager: Susan Hull, RN
CapitalCare Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics is devoted to the special care of children with developmental disabilities. We offer high level clinical diagnostic services to help parents gain the knowledge and capability to care for their children. Our core services consist of diagnostic and consultative medical service from experienced clinicians. Our staff is comprised of experienced developmental pediatricians, a pediatric neurologist, a physician assistant, a nurse practitioner and a masters-level testing specialist. We also have excellent nurse clinicians who are specially trained and highly experienced in working with children and families of special need.
What kind of evaluation is done? The assessment includes consideration of heredity, medical history, current health status, neurologic evaluation, developmental evaluation, and assessment of specific areas of concern. The pediatric neurologist assesses problems through the understanding of the complexities of brain, spinal cord, muscle and sensory systems.
What can be gained from an evaluation? We help parents understand specific diagnoses, plans of intervention, short term issues and concerns and long term issues that will need attention. We work to give parents the information they need to be the best advocate for their child and to give parents the big picture of their child's developmental and neurologic well being. Medical considerations such as further laboratory testing, neuroimaging, nutritional interventions, and rehabilitation issues might also be a part of the evaluation.
What kind of children do we see? We focus on children who may have a developmental disability or a neurologic problem. For example we evaluate infants with slow motor development, toddlers with delayed speech, communication problems or autistic symptoms. We also see preschoolers and school-age children with learning difficulties. Children born with birth defects and medically fragile children, especially those with developmental disabilities, are seen to help plan their complex pediatric care. We also evaluate children who are at risk for developmental differences due to prematurity, failure to thrive, health issues, genetic concerns, adoption or issues of problem caregiving. Our pediatric neurologist works with all the above problems as well as common issues in child neurology such as headaches, epilepsy, and head concussion.
We are available to see children to help clarify developmental concerns. Referrals come from primary care providers, therapists, parents, schools and Early Intervention. Our specialists have extensive experience, and know resources in our region. The reason for referral may be one of body control, learning, language or socialization. We also see children who may have a genetic problem or a possible birth defect.
Newborn Follow-up Program
Children and families who graduate from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Hospital and Bellevue Hospital are followed by our team of developmental pediatricians and nurses for any concerns about development in the early years of their life. We are happy also to see an infant from any other hospital where there is some concern about development. We collaborate with county Early Intervention Programs and help parents to understand any developmental changes they might encounter as their child grows.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Our staff has extensive professional experience in the field of autistic spectrum disorders to provide diagnostic assessment and parent counseling. We collaborate with the staff from the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) on comprehensive assessments. We also provide testing documentation for families needing specific testing for OPWDD .
Pediatric Neurology Services
Our staff can help children with simple or more complex seizure disorders. We also provide caring and competent care of children and adolescents with headaches and migraines. Children and teens who have had head trauma or concussions can have psychologic testing as well as neurologic evaluation. Coordination problems, muscle concerns, and attentional issues are common issues that we work on with families.
Adoption Assessment Program
We recognize that the adoption process can be long and emotionally intense. Our extensive experience in pediatrics and child development enables us to help pre-adoptive parents especially in health, developmental and behavioral concerns. We are happy to meet with prospective parents at any time to assist with their adoption plans. We can also provide the same range of services for post-adoptive families and link parents to the resources they need, while maintaining close communication with the child’s primary care provider.
Our practitioners consist of experienced developmental pediatricians, a pediatric neurologist, a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialists, and testing specialists. Some have been involved in the care of special needs children for over 35 years and have treated children with developmental issues that are both common and rare. Our office staff are pleased to work with families and provide positive experiences. We strive to help parents and families with all of their questions and concerns.
Developmental Pediatricians are physicians fully trained in pediatrics and have additional training and experience in the field of developmental disabilities. This training typically includes the areas of human development, psychiatry, neurology, genetics and rehabilitation.
Pediatric Neurologists are physicians fully trained in pediatrics, and pediatric neurology. Their training allows them to care for a wide range of children with neurologic concerns.
Developmental Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are Masters-level trained clinicians that have additional training in developmental disabilities. They bring these advanced skills to the diagnosis and treatment of special needs children.
Developmental Nurse Clinicians are pediatric nurses who have additional training and experience in developmental disabilities.
Masters-Level Testing Specialists are individuals trained in testing psychology and can administer a wide range of developmental and psycologic evaluations.
For more information about our staff members, including their biographies, please click "Meet the Team" tab above.
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