Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Developmental Pediatrics Clinic


Medical assessments 

The Center for Child Development receives referrals for the following:

  1. Speech and language delays
  2. Developmental delays
  3. Intellectual disabilities
  4. Behavior issues ONLY associated with speech delays or developmental delays
  5. Developmental difficulties associated with complex medical conditions, such as genetic disorders, congenital heart defects, or seizures

Developmental Medicine Clinic

Medical providers spend one hour conducting a comprehensive medical and behavioral history. They also perform a detailed physical exam and developmental assessment.

We provide results regarding developmental functioning, along with suggested modifications. The providers will decide if blood tests for genetic conditions or a brain MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) will be needed.

The medical provider will decide and help facilitate possible referrals to other clinicians, such as speech pathologists or psychologists.

Alice Lawrence, M.D.
Jennie Bowers, R.N., M.S.N., C.P.N.P.
Allie Hush, R.N., M.S.N., C.P.N.P.

Clinic hours
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to noon

Psychological evaluations 

Medical providers in the Center for Child Development, or agencies with existing contracts, provide referrals to psychologists for evaluation.

Psychologists will conduct a comprehensive behavioral health history of the child and family. This will consist of a standardized evaluation in which questions are asked of parents about independent living. They also will conduct a formal evaluation of a child's developmental ability or intelligence.

Psychologists will also provide a formal time to give feedback about the evaluation. They will also give recommendations for educational and behavioral changes.

Linda Ashford, Ph.D. 
Timothy Cooper, Psy.D. 
Rachel Hundley, Ph.D.
Arie L. Nettles, Ph.D.
Sarika U. Peters, Ph.D.
Zachary E. Warren, Ph.D.

Additional resources

Social Work Assistance
Jennifer Hamilton, L.C.S.W.

Providers will request additional resources and agencies for families to receive support for their children. Social work can help families by providing the names and contact information of agencies near their homes. Also, parents can receive guidance on working with public schools to provide the most supportive environment for their children.

Educational and Behavioral Consultants 
David Crnorbori, M. Ed.

Our behavioral consultants guide families to encourage positive behaviors in daily living routines as well as classroom settings. In addition, our behavioral consultants conduct social skills classes to provide basic foundations that guide children and adolescents who have difficulties in group settings.

Last Edited: November 27, 2017
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