Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

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If you are concerned about your child’s development, our specialists are here to help.  We work with you to understand your child’s strengths and needs, and identify support and resources to help your child reach their potential. At the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) Clinic, we specialize in working with infants, children and adolescents who may have different developmental profiles. 

Our specialists work together to assist in evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.

Services

Experts at the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic provide comprehensive care to each child with a patient-centered approach. Services provided include:

  • Assessment of attention and/or learning difficulties
  • Comprehensive ADHD evaluations
  • Developmental evaluation
  • Medication management
  • Neuropsychological assessment

Commonly treated conditions

  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety disorders including separation anxiety and selective mutism
  • Behavioral and developmental problems complicating genetic disorders and chronic illness 
  • Delayed development
  • Follow-up of premature babies and high risk newborns
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Learning disorders
  • Oppositional-defiant behavior

Meet your team

Under the care of Sari Bar, D.O. and Veronica Bordes Edgar, Ph.D., ABPP, your assessment and treatment plan progresses from the initial introductory sessions through treatment at Children's Medical Center Dallas and at home.

What to expect

Developmental Behavioral Pediatric Assessment

Appointments for new patients/initial assessments will be scheduled for two separate visits. Each visit will last between 60 to 90 minutes and will be scheduled approximately two weeks apart.

The first visit includes an interview with you (parents/caretaker) about your child’s history, a physical exam, observation and interview with your child, and testing. Testing may involve any or all of the following: paper and pencil, hands-on activities, answering questions, or use of a computer if the child is old enough. The second visit may include more testing if necessary. The majority of the second visit will include feedback and discussion of recommendations.

Neuropsychological Assessment in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

Typically, for children less than 3 years old the assessment lasts a half day. Results will be provided to you that day unless there are reasons that an alternative date should be set (i.e. child is too fussy and parent cannot concentrate, other parents cannot attend and desire to be present).

Evaluations for children 3 years and older often last for a whole day including breaks for snacks and lunch. Depending on your child’s age, attention span, and how much testing needs to be completed, you may have to return on a second day to complete testing. Results are provided on a separate day.

For all age groups, the evaluation usually includes an interview with you (parents) about the child’s history, observation and interview with the child, and testing. Testing involves paper and pencil and hands-on activities, answering questions, and sometimes using a computer. 

Preparing for all visit types

  • Please ensure your child gets a good night sleep prior to the appointment
  • A good breakfast prior to testing is also important
  • If your child is on medications, please make sure they have taken their morning medications and bring afternoon medications if necessary.
  • Please refrain from bringing siblings and other children if possible as they can often create a distraction for young children and are likely to become bored in the waiting area for several hours.

Scheduling 

To schedule an assessment, we will need the following forms completed and returned. Forms can be faxed to 214-456-5702. Once the forms are returned, you will be contacted by our office to schedule your appointment. 

  1. Pediatric History Questionnaire​  - This document asks questions about your child. Please complete this questionnaire and return it as soon as possible. (English |  Spanish)
     
  2. Record Release – This document gives us permission to request school records (ARD information, Full Individual Evaluation) from your child’s school. Please complete and return as soon as possible. 

 Please remember to:

  • Check if you agree or disagree under the Specially Protected Records section
  • Fill in the blanks for the Date and Time
  • Fill in the blank for Relationship to Patient
  • Sign on the Signature line
  • Print your name on the line below the signature line

Location

The Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic is within the ARCH Clinic located on the Lobby level of the Bright Building at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Please arrive 15 to 30 minutes prior to the appointment time in order to allow for parking, checking in and completion of paperwork.