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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
Yawkey Center 617.414.4841
Baby Steps in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center provides developmental evaluations and nutritional assessments of former premature infants or term infants with complicated newborn courses.
Baby Steps is a multidisciplinary clinic staffed by a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, occupational therapists and two dietitians. In addition, we have a family outreach advocate who links families to community-based services and resources.
Welcome to the Center for Family Navigation and Community Health Promotion!
Our Center serves as a platform within our Pediatrics department to encourage family-centered interventions delivered by “family navigators,” a type of community health worker (CHW).
Children's HealthWatch, formerly known as the Children's Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program, monitors the impact of economic conditions and public policies on the health and well-being of very young children. Since its founding in 1998 at BMC by Dr. Deborah Frank, it has produced original, timely research and analysis linking nutrition, housing, energy and other policy issues to children’s health and development.
The Grow Clinic for Children is an outpatient subspecialty clinic at Boston Medical Center that started in 1984 to provide comprehensive specialty medical, nutritional, developmental and social services and dietary assistance to children from the Greater Boston area referred with Failure To Thrive (FTT) by their primary care physician.
Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
Autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, intellectual disability, learning disability, family supports
Pediatrics, Development and Behavior, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA
Developmental Behavioral pediatrics, Failure to Thrive
Child Development, Cross Cultural, Compassionate, Evidence Based, Advocacy
Failure to Thrive in Children, General Pediatrics
Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
Pediatric complex care, children and youth with special health care needs, primary care, medical education, patient communication
All infants and children aged 0-13, Children who have recently immigrated, Children who have experienced adversity, Children in foster care
Developmental Behavioral pediatrics
Failure to Thrive, Environmental Health, Housing and Health, Community Asthma Programs, Advocacy
Developmental Behavioral pediatrics, Mindful Parenting for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, ADHD and Executive Function Deficits, Developmental Delay, Learning disabilities
Child Physical Abuse, Child Sex Abuse, Child Neglect, Pediatrics
General Pediatrics, Child Development
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