The Penn State Health Children’s Hospital Approach to Developmental Pediatric Care

If your child is experiencing delays or behavior problems, the experts at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital can help your child progress and overcome issues.

Team Approach

Every child has different needs when they are experiencing developmental delays, autism, sleep disturbance, attention deficit disorder or selected behavior issues. At Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, we understand it takes a team trained in diagnosing and caring for your child. Your child benefits from the combined experience of our multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurse practitioner, nurse care manager, education specialists, speech therapist, testing psychologists and support staff.

Patient-centered Care

Our dedicated team of pediatric behavior and development experts will listen to your goals for your child and create a treatment plan designed to meet your child’s specific needs. We understand that no two children are alike, and believe each therapy plan should be personalized to help your child reach their potential.

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Our Experts in Pediatric Behavior and Developmental Care

The experts at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital are committed to providing our pediatric patients with comprehensive and multidisciplinary care.

Why Choose Penn State Health Children’s Hospital for Pediatric Behavior and Development

As information, we do not see children primarily for behavioral issues, but do deal with some behavioral problems that accompany other diagnoses. We specialize in autism, attention deficit disorder, sleep disorders, learning problems and developmental delays in the division of Pediatric Developmental Medicine.

Penn State Health provides only the best for your child. We are committed to providing only the highest quality treatment and support, focusing on the unique needs of your child - physical and emotional.

Nationally Recognized Care

Penn State Health Children’s Hospital is routinely ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation due to our focus on patient care, safety and research.

Developing Your Child’s Potential

When you recognize delays or behavior issues in your child, you want a care team that offers advanced evaluations and treatment options. At Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, our team id experienced in early diagnosis, which can lead to better treatment and improved outcomes. We want to make sure your child has every change to live his or her best life.

Conditions Treated

Penn State Health Development and Behavior specialists provide care for many issues including:

  • Attention problems
  • Bedwetting and soiling problems
  • Behavior problems in typically developing children are not something we treat, but do provide help for behavioral issues associated with the disorders we see
  • Global developmental delay (when a child develops more slowly in all areas compared to other children of the same age)
  • Head trauma is treated by our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation pediatric trained physicians
  • Hearing loss
  • Intellectual disability (when a child learns slowly and has trouble learning important life skills, such as self-care, social skills and personal safety skills)
  • Learning and school problems
  • Sleep problems, including narcolepsy (also called sleep attacks)
  • Speech problems or delays
  • Suspected autism (problems communicating or interacting)
  • Medication management of problems associated with autism and attention deficit disorder

Patient Education and Resources



  • Asperger's Huh?: A Child's Perspective by Rosina Schnurr. This book is geared towards children ages 6-12 and is written from the perspective of an 11-year-old child.
  • Cats Have Aspeger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopmann. This picture book with captions is heartwarming, has a nice message and is easy for young children to understand. It is not intended to be a technical guide to autism.
  • Asperger Syndrome: An Owner's Manual - What You, Your Parents and Your Teachers Need to Know: An Interactive Guide and Workbook by Ellen Korin. This interactive workbook provides opportunities for self-reflection and insight into the ways that Asperger Syndrome may be affecting the child's life in different ways.
  • Asperger's - What Does It Mean To Me?: Structured Teaching Ideas for Home and School by Catherine Faherty. This workbook has sections for children, parents and teachers. The book will provide insight into your child's mind, and make him or her more self-aware, learning what autism means in relation to crucial areas of life: friendships, fears, abilities and much more.
  • Freaks, Geeks, And Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson. This consumer-oriented narrative is written by a 13-year-old-boy with Asperger Syndrome. Draws upon personal experiences and family members to inform the general public about living the adolescent years with this condition.
  • Different Like Me by Jennifer Elder. This book is about famous people with AS.
  • Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian by John Elder Robison. A very positive book by a man with AS.
  • Asperger Syndrome Books for Parents - A Guide to Asperger Syndrome by Christopher Gillberg. This book provides an informative overview of autism. It’s meant for all kinds of readers, including those affected, their families, and clinicians working with children, adolescents, and adults with Asperger Syndrome.
  • Asperger Syndrome by Sarah Sparrow. This book covers the clinical and research aspects of Asperger Syndrome.
  • A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive by Geraldine Dawson, et. al. This book offers practical problem solving ideas, real-life stories, and useful strategies to help children with AS interact more comfortably with siblings and peers, and understand the rules of appropriate behavior.
  • Getting the Best for Your Child with Autism by Bryna Siegel, PhD. This easy to read book has nice practical information for families raising a child with autism.


  • Freeing your Child from Anxiety: Powerful Practical Solutions to Overcome your Child's Fears, Worries and Phobias by Tamar E. Chansky
  • What to do When you Worry Too Much: A Kids Guide to Overcoming Anxiety: What do to Guides for Kids by Dawn Heubner and Bonnie Matthews,
  • Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children, 2nd edition by Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D.


  • Treating Eating Problems by K. Williams
  • 1-2-3 Magic by Dr. Thomas Phelan
  • SOS: Help for Parents by Lynn Clark
  • How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk by Adele Faber
  • The Explosive Child by Ross Greene, Ph.D.
  • The ADD Answer Book by Susan Ashley


  • The Late Talker by M. Agin
  • Speaking of Apraxia by L. Lindsay

Support Groups

Support groups provide children and their families an opportunity to connect with others in similar situations. Learn more about the support groups offered at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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