Developmental Pediatrics
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Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

About our Clinical Service:
Developmental-behavioral Pediatrics is an area of expertise concerned with the developmental, learning, or behavioral problems of children and adolescents. Some of the most common concerns addressed by the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics include:

  • Delayed development in speech, language, motor skills, and thinking ability
  • Developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, and visual and hearing impairments
  • Behavioral and developmental problems complicating the full range of pediatric chronic illnesses and disabling conditions (for example, genetic disorders, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, prematurity, diabetes, asthma, and cancer)
  • Learning disorders, including reading disability, writing difficulties, math disorders, and other school-related learning problems
  • Attention and behavioral disorders including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and associated conditions such as oppositional-defiant behavior, conduct problems, depression, and anxiety disorders
  • Tics, Tourette syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other habit disorders
  • Regulatory disorders including sensory concerns, sleep disorders, feeding problems, discipline difficulties, complicated toilet-training issues, enuresis (bedwetting), and encopresis (soiling)
  • Adjustment to medical illness or developmental disability

About our Team of Providers:
MUSC Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics is comprised of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team of providers with a range of expertise, representing the disciplines of developmental-behavioral pediatrics, psychology, psychiatry, social work, and nursing. Our team collaborates with other health care and educational teams when indicated and provides services for children and adolescents (birth to 21 years of age) referred for a variety of developmental, medical, psychosocial, adjustment and/or educational concerns.

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Michelle Macias, MD, Division Director
Angela LaRosa, MD, MSCR, Medical Director
Jane Charles, MD
Michelle Lally, MD
Jennifer Poon, MD

Catherine Bradley, PhD
Laura Carpenter, PhD, BCBA
Kasey Hamlin-Smith, PhD
Pam Ingram, EdS, LPES
Mary Kral, PhD

Pediatric Psychiatry
Eve Spratt, MD, MSCR

Social Work
Karen van Bakergem, LMSW

Amy Allen, BSN, RN
Savannah Galloway, BSN, RN

About the Evaluation Process:
Your child's initial visit typically involves a developmental pediatrician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker. The initial visit will include an extensive review of concerns for your child and your child’s developmental, medical, social, and educational history. Consultation with teachers, therapists, and other healthcare professionals also helps define the scope of current concerns. Physical and neurological examinations may be part of the evaluation process, as well as a variety of standardized tests, questionnaires, observations, and demonstrations. These evaluations may be formal, with the child, or informal, by observing the child at play and interacting with parents and the examiner.

After this extensive evaluation, the healthcare provider will discuss their impressions and recommendations with you, which may involve referrals to other medical specialists within the MUSC network (audiology, cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, pulmonary medicine, nutrition, radiology) or an allied health professional (physical, occupational, and/or speech therapist, behavioral interventionist). The goal is always to understand your child’s strengths and needs, to determine what is typical and what is not, and to access services to help a child grow, learn, and develop to the best of their ability.

Downtown Charleston
MUSC Rutledge Tower
135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425