Behavior and Development - Patient Care and Treatment

Behavior and Development - Patient Care and Treatment

Learn how the Pediatric Behavior and Development Program at Penn State Children’s Hospital serves children and teens who have behavior and developmental problems.

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Developing Every Child’s Potential

Any parent raising a child worries. When you notice that your child is having trouble with development, you worry more. The Behavior and Development specialists at Penn State Children’s Hospital are here to help. Every child deserves to meet his or her full potential. That’s why we offer advanced evaluations for children with known or possible developmental delays.

Early diagnosis leads to better treatment and better outcomes. If you’re concerned about your child’s development, talk to your child’s doctor or us. We can help make sure your child has every chance to achieve his or her best.


Our program offers care for children with developmental delays and behavioral disorders. We evaluate children with:

  • Behavior problems
  • Learning and school problems
  • Speech 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)
  • Suspected autism (problems communicating or interacting)
  • Attention problems
  • Head trauma
  • 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 problems, including narcolepsy (also called sleep attacks)
  • Bedwetting and soiling problems

Our specialists will tell you about the therapies and interventions available. We’ll give your family and your child’s doctor a written report with suggested interventions, medicine (if needed) and/or behavior strategies. In some cases, we can follow your child over time to track progress.

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