Developmental Medicine

At Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health Pediatric Development and Therapy Center, we believe all kids are amazing and work every day to ensure they live their healthiest, happiest lives. We offer an interdisciplinary approach to medicine, therapy, and treatment to encourage healthy development and behavior in children.

As one of the only interdisciplinary clinics in Louisiana with developmental pediatricians, therapists and psychologists in one place, we offer individualized treatment for every child.

We have several interdisciplinary clinics whose goal is to assess each child’s overall health, development, learning, and behavior. The aim is to first identify the child’s strengths and challenges in the home, community, and school settings, and secondly, provide relevant recommendations from a biopsychosocial model.

Our Approach

Step 1: Team Evaluation

Each child will be evaluated through diagnostic interviews, testing and medical/behavior assessments.

Step 2: Therapeutic Intervention

Individualized treatment at our center or referral to other community providers, medication management and/or ongoing monitoring of development.

Interdisciplinary Clinics:

  • Learning and Behavior Clinic
  • Social Engagement Clinic
  • Pediatric Feeding Clinic
  • Pediatric Transportation Safety Program

Professional Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical psychology
  • Clinical social work
  • Neuropsychology
  • Behavior analysis
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech-Language pathology
  • Developmental behavioral pediatrics

Click here to find out about our Outpatient Pediatric Physical Medicine Team.

Media

Dr. Steven Felix discusses how to recognize signs your child may be autistic, diagnosis and treatment options.

Developmental specialist Dr. Cindy Chestaro, discusses common misconceptions about ADHD and treatment options. 

Behavior analyst Dr. Melissa Gonzalez helps a patient make developmental strides at the feeding clinic.