We help children develop to their fullest potential development.
Developmental Pediatrics at Riley Children's Health provides services for infants, children and adolescents from birth to age 18. We serve patients who are experiencing developmental issues and have their own individual needs. These children may learn in a special way, have physical challenges that are different from other children or have behavioral issues that require special attention at home, in school, or in the community.
Our team of highly qualified specialists determines the needs of each child and develops unique and total care plans. Our team evaluates, diagnoses and treats development disorders including:
The Developmental Pediatrics team offers:
Our physicians perform specialty consultations with children with developmental delays who also have behavioral problems. This includes children with autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome and other conditions that cause developmental disabilities. An examination may identify treatable underlying conditions that contribute to problem behaviors. Those treatable conditions may include organic sleep disorders, dysphasia (impaired language abilities), seizures or communication disorders.
REACH—Riley Early Assessment of Children—is a major component of the behavior clinic. The goal of REACH is to provide early assessment of young children with communication delays and suspected autism spectrum disorders. Earlier diagnosis means children and their families have a diagnosis and answers sooner. This allows earlier treatment and the ability to address behavioral issues before they become problems.
Our physicians work with families and schools to choose the best ways to treat behavioral issues. The goal of our team is to consider the whole child and how the child functions at home and at school.
We consider all issues that may be contributing to the behavioral problem, such as medical, physical, developmental and communication. For example, a child who cannot speak cannot tell you he is in pain. Hitting or other aggressive behaviors can start because of an inability to communicate a need. We take a broad view of the child and the child’s abilities to determine what may be the underlying causes of behavior issues.
Treatment often includes the use of:
The complex care service at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health provides inpatient care for a wide range of patients. Patients include those with developmental disabilities, failure to thrive, feeding disorders and congenital anomalies, although the term “complex care” can encompass a number of health issues.
Most pediatricians who work on the complex care team are board certified in neuro-developmental disabilities or developmental and behavioral pediatrics. This team works with many other consultants, specialists and surgeons to provide a broad approach to the child’s evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.
Treating a child with complex needs and a large medical team requires excellent communication skills. Good communication leads to good patient care. Our team interacts efficiently and effectively with other team members, referring physicians, primary care providers, family members and patients in order to provide the best possible patient care.
Specialty consultation services are available to all departments at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health as well as to Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU Health North and Eskenzai Hospital.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
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The Developmental Pediatrics at Riley at IU Health provides the following forms for parents, healthcare providers and personnel. We have also curated relevant resources from other websites and provided links with brief descriptions of the information that is available.
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related programs.
Riley at IU Health works with referring physicians in Indiana and beyond. To make an appointment, we require a referral from your child’s primary care physician.
Referring physicians/coordinators may call us directly at 317.944.4846 and choose from one of the following options:
0 – Receptionist
1 – Scheduling
3 – Nurse questions and refill requests
4 – International adoption program
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