Frequently Asked Questions 

What is a developmental pediatrician?

Developmental-behavioral pediatricians are medical doctors who have completed four years of medical school, three years of residency training in pediatrics, are board certified in pediatrics, and have received additional subspecialty training in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Developmental pediatricians evaluate, counsel and provide treatment for infants, children, adolescents and their families with a wide range of developmental and behavioral difficulties, including:

  • Learning disorders such as dyslexia, writing difficulties, math disorders, reading problems and other school related learning problems
  • Attention and behavioral disorders including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and associated conditions
  • Regulatory disorders including sleep disorders, feeding problems and discipline difficulties
  • Developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, mental retardation, autism spectrum disorders and visual and hearing impairments
  • Behavioral and developmental problems complicating the full range of pediatric chronic illness (for example: congenital heart disease and multiple congenital anomalies)

What types of patients are treated at San Antonio Pediatric Developmental Services Clinic?

We treat infants and children from birth to adolescence including those:

  • Born prematurely or those who required support in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • With motor, language, cognitive or other developmental delays
  • With neurologic disorders such as cerebral palsy, stroke, or traumatic brain injury
  • With congenital anomalies or genetic syndromes such as Down syndrome or arthrogryposis multiplex congenital
  • With sensory losses such as hearing or visual impairment
  • With neurobehavioral disorders such as autism, Asperger syndrome and attention deficit disorder (ADD)

Do I need a referral for the visit?

Yes, it is very important that the child’s parent or primary caregiver attend the visit. We will show you important activities to promote your child’s development.


Can siblings or other children attend the visit?

No, other children or siblings will not be allowed in the exam room and due to safety reasons, we cannot have siblings unattended in the waiting room. Other children can be distracting to the patient, making it difficult to administer accurate developmental testing.


Do I need to prepare my child for any of the diagnostic tests?

No. Many of the tests we use to evaluate children incorporate activities they enjoy in everyday play. For school age children, tests will be similar to lessons and activities they encounter at school. To ensure optimal testing, please make sure your child has had an optimal meal and is well rested.


How long does the visit take?


Most visits will take 45-60 minutes. This includes the time necessary to administer developmental testing and share any feedback with you.

Do I need to bring anything to the appointment?


Please bring a copy of your child’s insurance card and any medical reports/summaries, therapist reports and/or school reports that you have copies of. If your child is an infant, it is helpful to bring at least one bottle with you.

How often are examinations and assessments done?


How often your child is seen will depend on how he or she is doing at the time of the visit. Our exam frequencies range from monthly to yearly. Talk with your provider during the visit to discuss recommendations.

What is my monetary responsibility?

For most insurance copayments, we are considered a specialist. If your insurance requires you to pay a percentage, or meet a deductible, you will be billed at the time of the visit.


Will you report the findings of the visit to my child’s primary care physician/pediatrician?

Yes, notes from your child’s visit and testing results will be mailed to your child’s primary care physician.


How will I receive written results from the examination and assessments?

After discussing results from the examination and assessments with you, we will mail a summary of your child’s visit, testing and recommendations to both you and the pediatrician. Please talk to our office staff to make sure we have an updated address for you.


How do I learn more about San Antonio Pediatric Developmental Services Clinic?

We invite you to review our information and resources on this website. You may contact our office at 210-614-5539 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.


Do I need to accompany my child to the visit?

Yes, it is very important that the child’s parent or primary caregiver attend the visit. We will show you important activities to promote your child’s development.


What ages of children are seen in the clinic?

We care for children from birth to age 3. Although our main focus is premature infants and children with special needs, we also provide routine pediatric care.


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