Pediatric Specialists

Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician (Developmental/Behavioral Doctor)
Addresses developmental delays and disabilities, attention and behavioral issues, school-related learning difficulties, regulatory and habit disorders, and anxiety and stress management.

Neonatologist (Preemie Doctor)
Assists at the time of delivery and with subsequent care of the infant. If a problem is identified before the child is born, a neonatologist may become involved to consult with the mother’s obstetrician during pregnancy and delivery.

Pediatric Audiologist (Hearing Doctor)
Encourages the best possible communication development for children with hearing loss.

Pediatric Cardiologist (Heart Doctor)
Specializes in diagnosing and treating congenital or acquired heart diseases in children.

Pediatric Dietitian (Nutritionist)
Plans menus, counsels families, analyzes nutritional health, and monitors the progress of children. Can help implement special diets.

Pediatric Endocrinologist (Gland/Hormone Doctor)
Treats children with problems with growth, puberty, diabetes, or other issues related to the hormones and the glands that produce them.

Pediatric Gastroenterologist (Stomach/Bowel/Liver Doctor – GI)
Treats digestive, liver, pancreatic, and nutritional issues in children.

Pediatric Geneticist (Gene Doctor)
Diagnoses, counsels, and treats children with many different kinds of problems including birth defects, conditions that can cause disabilities, inborn errors of metabolism, familial or hereditary problems, and short or tall stature.

Pediatric Immunologist (Allergy Doctor)
Specializes in the treatment of a wide range of issues with a child’s immune system.

Pediatric Nephrologist (Kidney Doctor)
Diagnoses, treats, and manages issues affecting a child’s kidney and urinary tract. Pediatric nephrologists also evaluate and treat high blood pressure and problems with growth and development that are specific to chronic kidney disease.

Pediatric Neurologist (Brain/Nerve Doctor)
Diagnoses, treats, and manages problems involving a child’s nervous system.

Pediatric Ophthalmologist (Eye Doctor)
Specializes in eye diseases, visual development, and vision care in children.

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon (Bone Surgeon)
Evaluates, diagnoses, treats, and manages children’s bone, joint, and muscle health. Children referred to a pediatric orthopedic surgeon may have limb or spine deformities such as club foot or scoliosis, gait abnormalities (limping), bone and joint infections, or broken bones.

Pediatric Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor – ENT)
Specializes in conditions of the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.

Pediatric Physiatrist (Rehab Doctor)
Diagnoses, treats, and directs a rehabilitation plan for children. Pediatric physiatrists make recommendations combining therapy, equipment, and medication with the intended goal of an active healthy lifestyle for all patients.

Pediatric Plastic Surgeon
Performs surgery on a child to fix a deformity caused by a birth defect, injury, illness, or tumor.

Pediatric Podiatrist (Foot Doctor)
Specializes in the care of children’s feet and considers the first year of a child’s life to be a crucial time in foot development.

Pediatric Pulmonologist (Lung Doctor)
Treats children with breathing problems or who have issues with their lungs.

Pediatric Radiologist
Selects the best imaging techniques to diagnose medical and surgical problems in children and interprets results of the tests and makes an appropriate diagnosis.

Pediatric Rheumatologist (Joint/Muscle Doctor)
Specializes in providing comprehensive care to children with rheumatic diseases.

Pediatric Therapists

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists work to help children master daily life skills. Just as occupational therapy can help adults function better at their jobs, occupational therapists help children succeed in the important areas of their lives. Depending on a child’s needs, they could work with a therapist on anything from improving their handwriting to taking part in social activities.

Specialized Treatments Include:

  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Sensory integration
  • Focus on emotional development
  • Assistive technology
  • Specialized skills in the treatment of infants
  • Kinesiotaping
  • TheraTogs
  • Splinting/Casting
  • Intensive Treatment
  • Constraint induced therapy programs
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
  • Therapeutic listening
  • Interactive metronome

Physical Therapists

Physical therapists are eager to help your child explore the world. They strive to make every session fun, while working on improving strength, flexibility, range of motion, posture, balance, and movement patterns for any child in need of intervention.

Specialized Treatments Include:

  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Joint and soft tissue mobilizations
  • Strength training
  • Functional balance training
  • Coordination exercises
  • Gait training
  • Endurance training
  • Sports skills training
  • Casting, splinting and orthotics
  • Adaptive and assistive equipment
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Theratogs
  • Intensive treatment
  • Aquatic therapy

Speech-Language Pathologists

Speech-language pathologists strive to give children the tools to communicate effectively. Their aim is to improve a child’s ability to use verbal and non-verbal language, and to tolerate sensory stimulation. Speech-language pathologists can also help in addressing feeding and swallowing in infants and children.

Specialized Treatments Include:

See an Overview of Pediatric Therapy

Remember: early detection and intervention are best. It’s never too early (or too late) to get your child on the right pathway.