• Programs and Clinics

    The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP) offers a comprehensive range of services and clinics for children with various developmental and behavioral conditions and their families.

    Our team consists of speech-language pathologists, nurses, nutritionists, developmental and behavioral pediatricians and neurodevelopmental disability-trained pediatricians, psychologists, social workers, child life specialists, special educators and other related specialists. We work together to evaluate your child’s needs and strengths, and address developmental or behavioral problems or concerns with a multidisciplinary approach.

    Learn more about our specific programs and clinics, and the comprehensive services we offer children with developmental and behavioral conditions and their families.

  • It can be difficult for children to understand and cope with healthcare visits. The Child Life team specializes in making the healthcare experience easier and less stressful for patients and families. Child Life specialists are professionally trained members of the healthcare team with degrees in child development or related fields. After an internship in a healthcare setting, they must pass a national exam for certification. Child Life specialists provide a range of services for children and families including:

    • Providing therapeutic and developmentally appropriate activities and spaces for you and your child during your visit
    • Preparation for and explanations of healthcare experiences in a way that your child can understand
    • Supporting you and your child during difficult or painful experiences
    • Addressing brothers' and sisters' needs regarding a sibling's illness, condition, or disability
    • Supporting and educating staff and the community about psychosocial and developmental needs of children and families
    • Preparing and supporting you and your family when experiencing loss and/or stressful events

    Read more about our Child Life program.

    To obtain more information about our Child Life services offered through DDBP, call 513-636-8364

    The Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders program provides specialized diagnostic, consultative and short-term treatment options when your child is diagnosed with autism or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our goal is to enhance the lives of individuals with ASD and their families. Our services range from multidisciplinary evaluations, therapeutic programming sessions, individualized behavior intervention strategies, treatment, training and consultation. We also conduct research on an ongoing basis to better understand causes and effective interventions for children with ASD.

    Read more about our Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

    Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND), an interdisciplinary leadership program affiliated with the University of Cincinnati, provides training for professionals and families supporting children with disabilities and other special healthcare needs. 

    Read more about Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND).

    The Parent-Infant Nurturing Group (PING) provides early intervention services to families of children ages birth to three years who have a medically diagnosed disability or documented delay in any area of development. PING is a provider of specialized services, one of the programs of Ohio’s Help Me Grow, including developmental instruction and consultative therapy. PING is funded by Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. Program sessions are provided at no cost to eligible families who live in Hamilton County.

    Read more about our Parent-Infant Nurturing Group.

    Our licensed clinical psychologists and highly trained education coordinators are a vital part of the interdisciplinary team. We provide diagnostic and treatment services for children and adolescents suspected of having cognitive, psychological, behavioral and/or academic problems. Our services include:

    • Comprehensive psychological and special education assessments
    • School visits to help teachers work with a child's learning and behavioral issues
    • Individual and group counseling
    • Parent education classes to address specific psychological, behavioral and/or academic concerns
    • Group and individually administered social skills training
    • Behavior modification
    • Parent-child therapy
    • School presentations

    To obtain more information about our Psychology and Special Education services at DDBP, call 513-636-4611.

    The Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome (RTS) Program offers consultation services and care to individuals with RTS and their families worldwide. The program conducts in-person clinical evaluations, physician consultations and referrals to support patients and their families.

    Read more about our RTS Program.

    Our social workers are a vital part of the interdisciplinary team and provide services to families and children seen for assessment and/or treatment in DDBP. Social workers can help you and your child cope with the practical and emotional concerns that accompany diagnosis and treatment of many developmental and behavioral disorders and problems. Our services include:

    • Information about and referral to community resources for treatment and support
    • Groups for families and professionals about available resources
    • Psychosocial assessment to address family functioning and identify strengths, concerns, needs, and coping skills to assist in treatment planning
    • Supportive counseling to families in adjusting to and learning about their child's diagnosis or disability
    • Assistance with emergency resource needs such as clothing, food, shelter and transportation
    • Discussion of schools concerns and individual education plans (IEP)
    • Help with grief, loss and bereavement issues
    • Intervention in crisis situations and support for overwhelmed or depressed parents
    • Counseling for families facing social and financial difficulties
    • Assessment and intervention when children present signs of or concerns about abuse and neglect
    • Review of alternative services for parents who have difficulty keeping appointments

    To obtain more information about our Social Services supports at DDBP, call 513-636-4611.

    The Center for Spina Bifida Care provides comprehensive, family-centered, interdisciplinary, collaborative, culturally sensitive medical care to infants, children and adolescents living with repaired myelomeningoceles and other neural tube defects. In addition to medical service and care coordination, we are committed to becoming a leader in spina bifida education and research.

    Read more about our Center for Spina Bifida Care.

    Speech-language pathologists at DDBP provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, consultations and treatment services to maximize your child’s communication skills at home, school and within the community. All of our speech-language pathologists are specialists in working with children with developmental and behavioral concerns and disabilities and have expertise in:

    • Augmentative communication
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Childhood apraxia of speech
    • Down syndrome
    • Early intervention
    • Learning disabilities
    • Pragmatic / social language disorders

    Each child will have an individualized plan of care, which may include individual or group therapy. Specialized groups or programs include:

    • Augmentative communication group - This group is for school-age children who use an augmentative communication device. It focuses on increasing vocabulary and learning to use the communication device in a social setting.
    • Narrative language group - This program is offered in the Thomas Center for Down Syndrome for children ages 11 to 14. It uses a language / literacy approach framework to improve communication in a "book club" format.
    • Pragmatic / social skills group - This group is for school-age children and adolescents with language impairments who have difficulties with peer interactions at home, in the community, or at school.
    • Toddler talk - This is a family-centered language treatment group for children ages 18 to 36 months, with a focus on teaching parents how to encourage early communication skills.

    To obtain more information about our Speech Pathology services at DDBP, call 513-636-4628.

    Today, more than ever, individuals with Down syndrome and their families can hope and plan for a bright and productive future. The Jane and Richard Thomas Center for Down Syndrome Services provides you with a centralized location to receive a range of new and innovative care and support services. Comprehensive evaluations, treatment programs and consultation services are available. The Thomas Center aims to stimulate and support clinically relevant research that related to individuals with Down syndrome.

    Read more about our Thomas Center for Down Syndrome.

    TrYAD is a multidisciplinary clinical service dedicated to serving the unique transition needs of youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities. TrYAD promotes self-management, advocacy and continuity of care through a graduated transition process that can help your young adult with intellectual disabilities transition into adulthood.

    Read more about our TrYAD clinic.

    The University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is one of 67 programs in the United States serving as a resource for those in education, research and service who are working to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities. 

    Read more about UC UCEDD.