Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00PM Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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This program sees children from birth to 18 years with a variety of developmental issues including developmental language delay, school challenges including ADHD, learning disabilities and school failure, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, behavioral problems, and more. Our typical model of care is a 3 part consultation: Visit 1 is a parent/guardian only meeting to discuss the concerning history of the child/adolescent and to gather information from previous providers working with the family. For example: early intervention records, teacher information, prior testing, etc.
- Visit 2 is an assessment/evaluation with the child. This typically occurs after we have collected any prior testing information or evaluation forms.
- Visit 3 is an appointment with the family to discuss diagnosis and recommendations.
For appointments or more information, please call 617.414.4841.
Self-Care Videos for Parents, Patients and Providers
13 minute video: This video was designed to offer breathing and yoga exercises for pre-K to middle school children struggling with remote learning.
Restorative yoga is a style of yoga designed to promote relaxation. The goal is to allow the body to be still and over time if the body is still the mind can learn to be still as well. The poses are deigned to allow the body to relax on a pillow, blanket, or bolster. The poses are designed to calm and reset the body and mind to help overcome stress.
What do I need for class:
- 3 bed pillows
- 3 blankets
- 1 folding chair (for some classes)
- Eye pillow or face cloth to cover eyes
- Place to yourself
- Bring a friend or family member
Jodi Santosuosso, NP-C, H.S.M.I
Family Nurse Practitioner
Certified Yoga instructor
Holistic Stress Management Instructor
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Steven J. Parker Memorial Developmental-Behavioral Conference: Clinical Problems in Primary Care - March 11, 2022-March 12, 2022
Our Program is Back In-Person (And Virtual Too!)
This annual two day accredited conference has been going strong for over three decades. It is designed for practicing clinicians who have an interest, passion or emerging expertise in developmental and behavioral pediatrics and want to take their knowledge and skill to the next level.
Many clinicians and allied medical professionals do not feel adequately trained when in practice and yet they face these challenges with patients and families every day. The course offers practical approaches to these issues and we welcome participants from a broad array of disciplines including physicians, advance practice providers, nurses, social workers, and allied medical professionals who work in Pediatrics and the broader medical community.
Programs and Services
Core DBP Faculty
Autism, Nonverbal Learning disability, Urban education
Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, developmental delay
growth faltering (failure to thrive)
Sarah Canale, MD
Britany Weissman, MD
Neurodevelopmental disorders; Psychopharmacology; Assessment and treatment of special populations (children and adolescents with physical illnesses and developmental delays); Mental health education and consultation to pediatric specialty care
growth faltering (failure to thrive)
Comprehensive Care Program
Complex care, program innovation, cartooning
Children and young adults with special health care needs and medical complexity
Child Witness to Violence
Carmen Rosa Norona, LICSW, Ms. Ed., CEIS Clinical Coordinator of CWVP & Associate Director of ETTN
Stacy Normand, LICSW Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinician Lead
Sarah Hacking, LMHC Clinician
Amalia Perla, LMHC Mental Health and Intake Clinician
Natalie Heywood, MA Clinician
Rory White, LCSW Marigold Clinical Fellow
Check out our weekly DBP Newsletter for more resources and information for families during COVID-19 social distancing:
Issue 1: March 25, 2020 | En Español
Issue 2: April 1, 2020 | En Español
Issue 3: April 8, 2020 | En Español
Issue 4: April 15, 2020 | En Español
Issue 5: April 22, 2020 | En Español
Issue 6: April 29, 2020 | En Español
Issue 7: May 6, 2020 | En Español
Issue 8: May 13, 2020 | En Español
Issue 9: May 20, 2020 | En Español
Issue 10: May 27, 2020 | En Español
Issue 11: June 3, 2020 | En Español
Issue 12: June 17, 2020 | En Español
Issue 13: July 1, 2020 | En Español
Issue 14: July 15, 2020 | En Español
Issue 15: July 30, 2020 | En Español
Issue 16: August 14, 2020 | En Español
Issue 17: August 28, 2020 | En Español
Issue 18: September 11, 2020 | En Español
Issue 19: September 25, 2020 | En Español
Issue 20: October 16, 2020 | En Español
Issue 21: October 30, 2020 | En Español
Issue 22: November 13, 2020 | En Español
Issue 23: November 25, 2020 | En Español
Issue 24: December 11, 2020 | En Español | Haitian Creole
Issue 25: December 20, 2020 | En Español
Issue 26: January 11, 2021 | En Español
Issue 27: January 22, 2021 | En Español
Issue 28: February 5, 2021 | En Español
Boston, MA – Boston Medical Center is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.
BOSTON – New research describes the Engagement and Access to Special Education (EASE) clinic at Boston Medical Center as a model to improve support for parents whose children require special…
Residency and Fellowship Information
This program offers clinical and academic training in the field of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in the context of an urban setting. The goals of this Maternal and Child Health Bureau-supported and ACGME certified program include the following:
- Clinical training in such areas as developmental assessment of children (at all ages), behavioral management and family assessment;
- Academic skills (such as research design, giving talks and writing papers) are taught through seminars (including at the Boston University School of Public Health) and hands-on experience;
- Research training including study design and methodology, writing an abstract and paper and submitting a grant.
Special emphasis is placed on the developmental and behavioral issues facing families living in the inner city. For interested applicants, the fellowship also offers a special focus on child advocacy, the effects of witnessing violence on children and/or autism and disparities of diagnosis and treatment. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.
- Citizenship Requirement: US citizen required
- Number of Fellows accepted each year: 1-3
- Training: MD, must have passed all three parts of the licensing exam prior to 1/1 of the starting year of fellowship
- Duration of fellowship: 3 years
Christine McGivney: 07/01/19-06/30/22
Sarah Canale: 07/01/21-
Britany Weissman: 07/01/21-
Former Fellows (.PDF)
For general information about program or application materials, please contact:
For program information, please contact:
Audrey Christiansen, MD, Program Director
Boston Medical Center
Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
850 Harrison Ave, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
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