The interdisciplinary Child Development team works with families to fully understand their child’s particular needs. Depending on the child’s needs, the team may include developmental pediatricians, psychologists, nurses, speech and language pathologists, social workers, occupational or physical therapists, audiologists, nutritionists and pediatric dentists. This team evaluates children with developmental conditions. Conditions treated include autism spectrum disorders, language disorders, attention problems, learning disabilities, disruptive behavior, attachment disorders, genetic syndromes and intellectual or cognitive disabilities.
Child Development faculty at IU School of Medicine provide clinical services in a variety of center- and community-based settings to support the independence, productivity and integration into the community of all citizens across the lifespan with developmental and related disabilities. Most of the team’s clinical care is delivered at the Riley Child Development Center, an intensive interdisciplinary clinic located at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis. This facility is part of a national network of training programs that provide intensive interdisciplinary assessment services funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Here, faculty treat more than 2000 children with developmental conditions each year. Families are provided with resources and recommendations geared to their specific needs.