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caring for children with developmental delays and birth defects

Dayton Children’s provides extensive services and support for children with conditions that affect their development. Our developmental pediatrics team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, a social worker and other providers who specialize in diagnosing, treating and providing long-term care for these children.

Dayton Children’s offer a Developmental Diagnostic/Follow-Up Clinic for children with developmental delays, an autism diagnostic clinic and several other specialty clinics for children who were born with conditions that affect their development. Our goal is to build a strong relationship with children and families so that they can experience the best quality of life possible. We work with other specialists at Dayton Children’s to ensure each child’s needs are met, and also connect families to additional community resources that provide support.

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For more information about the developmental pediatrics program at Dayton Children’s, please call 937-641-4073. Appointments are available with a physician referral.

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Craig Boreman, MD, Medical Director

autism, developmental pediatrics
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Eileen F. Kasten, MD, Medical Director

developmental pediatrics
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Tahira Adelekan, MD

developmental pediatrics
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John Duby, MD

developmental pediatrics
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Tahira Adelekan, MD

developmental pediatrics
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Cecilia Rivera-Amisola, MD

developmental pediatrics
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Emily Boone, CNP

autism, developmental pediatrics
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Leah Alissa Flach, CNP

autism, developmental pediatrics
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John Pascoe, MD

developmental pediatrics, hospital medicine
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conditions we treat

developmental delays

Doctors may suspect a developmental delay if a child is consistently behind his or her peers in one or more areas of their physical, cognitive, behavioral, emotional or social development. Early treatment is important to help children reach their potential.

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ADHD

Children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) show signs of inattentiveness, impulsiveness and hyperactivity. Although ADHD is not a learning disability, as many as 30-50 percent of children with ADHD have a specific learning disability, such as dyslexia.

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autism

Autism is characterized by difficulties with social interaction and with verbal and non-verbal communication. Other symptoms can include intellectual disability, problems with coordination, sleep disturbances and repetitive behaviors.

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cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage that occurs before, during or immediately after a child is born, or by a structural brain abnormality. It affects body movement, muscle control and coordination, muscle tone, reflexes, posture and balance, among other body functions. Children with cerebral palsy sometimes have other health problems, such as learning disabilities and speech delays.

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cleft lip/cleft palate/craniofacial abnormalities

Cleft lip/cleft palate occurs when parts of the lip and/or roof of the mouth do not come together (fuse) properly when a baby is developing in the womb. These defects can be mild or severe, and can be associated with other health problems, such as speech delays and dental issues. We also treat craniofacial abnormalities, which are deformities in the growth of the head or facial bones.

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conditions related to medical problems at birth

Babies who are born premature or experience medical problems at birth are at higher risk for growth, feeding and development issues. Pediatric specialists provide close evaluation, monitoring and care for these children until the age of three. These babies still go to their pediatrician for well checks, immunizations and sick visits.

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down syndrome

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by an extra 21st chromosome. Children with down syndrome have distinct physical features and lifelong intellectual disabilities. Some also experience health problems, such as heart defects or breathing problems.

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myelomeningocele

Myelomeningocele is a form of spina bifida. It is a birth defect in which a baby's spinal cord fails to develop properly in the womb. The spinal defect can be corrected by surgery, but these children may need lifelong medical care for related problems.

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about us

Our pediatric specialists provide extensive care and support for children with developmental disabilities.

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our programs

Learn about our specialty clinics and programs, which provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care.

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autism diagnostic clinic

Early intervention is essential for children with autism. This clinic offers rapid diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plans.

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making an appointment

Follow these steps to schedule your child’s first appointment with us.

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family resource directory

Search our online database of helpful community resources.

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