Programs and Services | Overview
Developmental Medicine clinical programs and services
Our clinical programs are comprised of the Developmental Medicine Center (DMC), Down Syndrome Program, the Adolescent Substance Use & Addiction Program (ASAP), Autism Spectrum Center, Fragile X Program, and Toileting Program.
The DMC provides developmental evaluation and treatment services for infants, children, and adolescents with a wide range of developmental, behavioral, and learning difficulties.
The ASC provides comprehensive, family centered diagnostic and care services for children with autism spectrum disorders, together with strong family support. Depending on a child’s needs, the ASC can coordinate visits with autism specialists such as developmental behavioral pediatricians, child neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, geneticists, and gastroenterologists, as well as physical, occupational, and speech and language therapists.
The ASAP team provides evaluation and expert care for adolescents with substance use problems and disorders, and their families. ASAP is also home to a thriving research program that aims to find ways to prevent or decrease substance use and associated problems, through support for adolescents, families, and the providers that care for them.
Down Syndrome Program (DSP)
The Down Syndrome Program offers comprehensive multidisciplinary clinical evaluations for people with Down syndrome from birth to age 22, as well as resources, advocacy, and supports tailored to their individual needs. It is also home to a growing research program investigating cognitive, neurodevelopmental, and medical issues striving to improve the lives of individuals with Down syndrome.
The Fragile X Program provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment to individuals and families affected by fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common inherited genetic cause of intellectual disability.
Research and innovation
Researchers in the LCN are dedicated to furthering our understanding of brain and cognitive development from infancy through adolescence. This includes typical developmental processes such as memory and social development, as well as various developmental disorders including autism, ADHD, and dyslexia.
The BTC and Brazelton Institute develop and apply knowledge of healthy infant, early childhood, and family development to practice and policy, through professional and organizational development, training, evaluation and research, advocacy, and awareness, and serve as a resource for proven practices. The BTC is home to the Office of Head Start National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement. The Brazelton Institute delivers training on the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) and the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system.