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Our Mission

The mission of the Division of Developmental Medicine is to improve the lives of infants, children, and adolescents who face developmental and behavioral challenges and to support their families throughout their child’s life span. Our goal is to create models of collaborative care that integrate world class clinical service, cutting edge research, and innovative training programs. This will lead to better diagnostic tools and treatments, improved quality of life, and ultimately cures for developmental and behavioral disorders.

Brazelton Touchpoints Center


The Brazelton Touchpoints Center in the Division of Developmental Medicine​ has just received a $32.5 million (over 5 years) cooperative agreement, awarded by the Offices of Head Start and Child Care (ACF, HHS) to act as the National Center for Parent, Family Community Engagement, serving 13 million infants, toddlers and young children living in poverty. For more on this exciting collaboration, please see Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) System​ and visit The Brazelton Touchpoints Center homepage!

Recent News

Nathan Simons, the Down Syndrome Program's Patient Liaison and Boston Children's Hospital's first full-time employee with down syndrome, was recently featured on WBZ TV. We are incredibly proud of Nathan and his accomplishment of achieving a full time position here at Boston Children's Hospital!

Spotlight on Innovation

TriVox: Collaborating Online to Improve Children's Healthcare

Through philanthropic support the Developmental Medicine Center was able to create an online system where parents and teachers can communicate with doctors to improve care for children who need ongoing treatment for issues such as ADHD, autism, depression, and asthma. Take a look at the video below to learn how this new integrated clinical information sharing system (TriVox--formally known as ICISS), is helping to improve communication between parents, doctors, and teachers in order to provide BCH patients with the best possible care.

Please click here to view our TriVox Health Information Sheet




Congratulations to our Division Chief, Dr. Leonard Rappaport, who was recently honored by the Massachusetts Advocates for Children for his work diagnosing and treating Autism Spectrum Disorders. We are so proud to have Dr. Rappaport as a part of our team!



We are also happy to announce that Dr. Emily Davidson, of our Down syndrome program, has received the 2014 David S. Weiner Award to support “Yoga for Well-being at Boston Children’s Hospital: A Pilot Program.” With yoga and meditation being increasingly recognized as contributing to overall well-being for both adults and children, Dr. Davidson hopes to develop these tools into valuable options to support patients and families with comfort, self-care, and wellness.



Participating in Research

Do you ever wonder what it's like to participate in a research study? Take a look at the video below to hear from some of our parents and kids about their experience! To learn more and sign up for our Participant Registry, click here

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We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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