If you are concerned about your child’s development, our specialists are here to help. We work with you to understand your child’s strengths and needs, and identify supports and resources to help your child reach their potential. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, your child can access comprehensive evaluations and treatment plans to address your priorities. Our programs serve children from infancy to young adulthood.

The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP) has programs for specific developmental needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (The Kelly O’Leary Center), Down Syndrome (The Jane and Richard Thomas Center), Spina Bifida, Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome, Transition Clinic, and general developmental and learning difficulties.

We also partner with sub-specialists in child psychiatry, child neurology, and pediatric gastroenterology to ensure children receive quality care in a coordinated manner, with specialists who have expertise in seeing children with different developmental profiles.

We provide therapeutic programs for young children (Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for children 0-5 years with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Parent Infant Nurturing Group for children 0-3 years with developmental delays), and therapeutic groups for children with developmental delays and autism spectrum disorder (social skills groups, face-your-fears group, parent child interaction training, behavioral intervention, and feeding therapy for ASD).

We strive to be the leader in improving health, quality of life, and outcomes in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities through:

  • Family-centered care, through transition to adulthood or to adult healthcare 
  • Excellent, evidence-based clinical care, in an interdisciplinary model 
  • Training to build leadership and capacity in the field of developmental disabilities 
  • Contributing to evidence-based practice through innovative research in response to demonstrated need  
  • Advocacy with and on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families 
  • Collaboration with families, primary care providers, related programs at Cincinnati Children's, educational systems, and community agencies 

Because we value and believe:

  • We value individuals with disabilities and their families
  • We believe all people should have the opportunities to fully participate in society, and live healthy, safe, self-determined and productive lives
  • We value the importance of inter-disciplinary care as a foundational philosophy to meet our vision and mission