Behavior and Development - About

Behavior and Development - About

The Pediatric Behavior and Development Program provides services to children from birth to age 21 suffering from behavioral and/or developmental issues.

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Penn State Children’s Hospital Developmental clinic offers diagnoses and cares for children who have developmental delays and behavior problems, including:

  • Suspected Autism (problems communicating or interacting)
  • Attention problems
  • Behavior problems
  • Speech delays
  • Complex behavior problems
  • Speech disorders
  • Learning and school problems
  • Sensorineural hearing loss (problems with the inner ear, also called nerve-related hearing loss), cochlear implants (devices that do the work of the inner ear) and hearing aides
  • Sleep disorders, including narcolepsy (also called sleep attacks)
  • Bedwetting and soiling problems
  • Global developmental delay (when a child develops more slowly in all areas compared to other children of the same age)
  • Intellectual disability (when a child learns slowly and has trouble learning important life skills, such as self-care, social skills and personal safety skills)

In some cases, we follow children over time to track their progress, and to help families get the right therapies and educational help. We help parents and caregivers learn how to handle common challenges, such as sleep and toileting problems. We’ll also give your family and your child’s doctor a written report of our suggested interventions, medicine (when needed) and behavior strategies.

Contact us

New Patient Referrals: 800-233-4082, option #4
Scheduling (Dr. Ramer): 717-531-7010. Option #1
Scheduling (Dr. Tierney): 717-531-6807 or 866-204-0035
Outpatient Scheduling: 717-531-6807 or 866-204-0035
Fax: 717-531-0276