The Penn State Children’s Hospital Approach to Pediatric Genetics

If your child is experiencing developmental issues or health problems, we can work with you to identify possible genetic conditions which may be the cause.

Team Approach to Care

Our genetics team has experience testing and diagnosing a wide variety of genetic conditions. Genetic testing can confirm or rule out genetic disorders and identify your risk of developing or passing on a genetic disorder to your children.

Our genetic counselors are specially trained to  provide the expertise  you need to understand the results of your genetic testing and how it may affect you and your family.

Patient-centered Care

Clinical or medical genetics teams work together to diagnose, treat, and educate patients and families about genetic and inherited conditions. Genetic changes that can occur may lead to differences in body structure, brain development or body chemistry that affect health, development or functioning. 

We care for individuals across all ages from birth to adulthood. We strive to provide family-centered care for genetic conditions and provide diagnostic services and referrals as the condition warrants.


  • Evaluation and diagnosis for patients with known or suspected genetic conditions
  • Genetic counseling for patients and their families with a genetic condition or who may be at risk
  • Treatment and surveillance for inborn errors of metabolism and other genetic conditions and syndromes
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Our Experts in Pediatric Genetics

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

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

Penn State Children’s Hospital 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 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.

Conditions Treated

Penn State Pediatric Genetic specialists provide care for many issues including:

  • Autism (social interaction delay)
  • Birth defect (problem that happens when a baby is developing in the mother’s body)
  • Blindness
  • Chromosome disorder
  • Deafness
  • Dysmorphic features (unusually shaped body part)
  • Health problems running in the family
  • Intellectual disability (mental delay)
  • Metabolic disorder
  • Short stature

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 Children’s Hospital.

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Our Convenient Locations

Find the care your family needs, close to home, at one of our many locations throughout central Pennsylvania.

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