Developmental Pediatrics

The Section of Developmental Pediatrics provides excellence in the assessment and management of children with developmental, behavioural and neuromotor concerns.

The Section of Developmental Pediatrics provides excellence in the assessment and management of children with developmental, behavioral and neuromotor concerns. We are committed to advancing the quality of care and well-being of children impacted by developmental challenges and supporting their families and communities.

Our Vision: Opening Doors to Success for all Children

Our Core Values: Core values of the Section of Developmental Pediatrics are aligned with those of Alberta Health Services and the Department of Pediatrics, including the principles of patient and family-centred care. We strive for excellence using evidence-based practice in patient care and advocacy.

The Developmental Pediatrics Section consists of a team of Developmental Pediatricians, Child Neurologists, Child Psychiatrists and Community Pediatricians.  In addition, the CDS has allied health professionals (such as speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, educational and child development specialists) that are/might be involved in developmental assessment or treatment.  Our services are mostly dedicated to children and youth who present with complex conditions. 

Clinics within Child Development Services:

Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Clinic
The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnostic assessment and/or consultation services for pediatric patients 0-18 years of age with a question of ASD.

Cumulative Risk Diagnostic Clinic
The Cumulative Risk Diagnostic Clinic (CRDC) is a specialized collaborative and consultative clinic that provides diagnostic and functional assessment, interprofessional case consultation and treatment recommendations for children and youth with complex developmental and behavioural profiles in the context of multiple etiologic risk. The clinical mandate does not include ongoing case management and treatment but seeks to support referring clinicians with longitudinal community care.

Consultative Developmental Pediatrics Clinic
This clinic sees children ages 0 – 17 years (at the time of referral), with complex medical needs that require consultation for specific diagnostic questions and/or medical management of developmental disorders. Consultation may be limited to Developmental Pediatrics or may involve other allied health professionals. Multidisciplinary colleagues may be included in the consultation when the expertise is not available in the child’s primary ACH clinic and/or school team. The goal is for the CDS consultant(s) to join the “home team” or primary community pediatric clinic regarding a developmental question and/or to provide medical opinion regarding diagnosis or management. The purpose is not to assume primary care or treatment.

Developmental Psychiatry Consultation and Complex Management Clinic
This clinic serves children and youth with complex, severe developmental disorders with co-occurring psychiatric symptoms and/or disorders with a need for diagnostic clarity, management, and planning and treatment recommendation. The clinical history of children in this clinic often reflects referrals to many healthcare specialists where diagnostic evaluation and management has been met with limited or no success. This is a specialized clinic and does not accept referrals where the child does not have a developmental disorder.

Developmental Neurology Clinic
The Developmental Neurology Clinic provides consultative neurological assessments for children aged 0-17 years of age with atypical neurodevelopmental profiles and/or suspected underlying neurological conditions. The clinic focuses on the investigation and diagnoses of potential neurological disorders, along with the provision of expert opinion and management recommendations to support ongoing longitudinal care in the community.

Early Child Rehabilitation Clinic
Early Childhood Rehabilitation (ECR) provides goal-focused, time limited intervention and parent education for healthy and medically stable children, from birth to kindergarten eligibility, with delay(s) due to neuro-developmental origin(s) that are impacting daily life. With coaching, the parent must be able to articulate a functional goal on which they would like to focus intervention. All services provided are at AHS facilities.

Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic
The Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic offers assessment, management, and a multidisciplinary approach to the care for children with cerebral palsy and their families.  Allied health services are closely aligned with this clinic to offer consultation related to ongoing rehabilitation therapy, assessment of gait and seating systems, as well as social supports for families.  Management offered includes the full spectrum of therapies for cerebral palsy including orthotics, oral medications, botulinum toxin, and surgical interventions.

Members of the Section of Developmental Pediatrics also work in other clinical settings including:

  • Clinical Neurosciences
  • Community Outreach in Pediatrics Psychiatry and Education (C.O.P.E.)

A physician Referral is required for all Clinics. Please contact your physician or family doctor.
Child Development Services Referral Criteria and Forms can be found through the following link: CLICK HERE

Research activities within the Section of Developmental Pediatrics focus on:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Social pediatrics and the effect of adverse childhood experience on child developmental and mental health outcomes
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  • Children with complex neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Global health initiatives in medical education and child development
  • Medical education

Research