Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Programs
Mary L. Johnson Pediatric Ambulatory Care Center
Pediatric Development and Behavior Clinic
730 Welch Road, 2nd Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94304
750 Welch Road, Suite 212
Palo Alto, CA 94304
|Mondays, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Tuesdays, 8:00 am-2:00 pm
Wednesdays, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
|Phone: (650) 725-8995
Fax: (650) 724-6500
|Learn more about our exciting hospital expansion by visiting growing.lpch.org
Note that during this expansion, routes to 730 Welch have changed.
To refer a patient, please download a referral form (PDF), complete it and fax or mail it to us.
Inpatient Developmental Care and Inpatient Developmental ConsultationThe Inpatient Developmental Care Team provides support and care to babies and their families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Our team is comprised of infant development specialists including an educator, psychologist, physical therapists, occupational therapists and nurses.
We collaborate with nurses, physicians and parents on establishing an individualized plan of care appropriate to the developmental needs and sensitivities of your baby. This includes positioning, handling and interacting with your infant. Developmental and behavioral assessments lead to recommendations for services to help your baby after discharge. The team also supports and advises families on coping with the challenges of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and parenting a high risk infant.
Inpatient consultations are also available for children in other hospital settings. Developmental assessments are provided to assist in medical care and in the transition to the home and community after a prolonged hospitalization.
High Risk Infant Follow-upOur program sees infants:
- Born at risk for developmental or behavioral problems due to prematurity
- Born with other medical complications that resulted in hospitalization in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and its affiliates
Developmental ConsultationsThis program provides developmental assessments for children who have a concerning aspect to their development or behavior. One weekly clinic specifically focuses on children with problems in social communication. New patients may be referred to the clinic by parents, physicians or other care providers.
We are part of the Stanford Autism Center at Packard Children’s Hospital and provide diagnostic services for children suspected of having or diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
Your child be evaluated by an interdisciplinary team of specialists with a strong emphasis on family-centered care. Referrals to community-based resources and services complement treatments available at the hospital and health center. Referrals are coordinated on an individual basis by clinic staff skilled in case management.
Preemie Graduate ServicesThis family-centered resource and support service is aimed at continuing interdisciplinary care for issues specific to preschool and school age children born prematurely or with related complications at birth. Our staff gathers information specific to issues of prematurity and your child's ongoing needs.
Services include information, consultation, evaluation, advocacy and referral. These services support families in nurturing their child’s growth and development by understanding their individual child’s strengths and areas of need.
Outreach LocationsWe provide a high-risk infant follow-up outreach clinic at:
Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital
Rehabilitation Services Building
610 Frederick Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
This clinic is held every month.
For an appointment, call (650) 725-8995
Research Support ServicesThe clinic supports advances in neonatal medicine by participation in research. We are part of a nationwide, multi-center cooperative research effort through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Consistent with our mission to provide outstanding neonatal care, special research programs provide additional developmental information useful for families in gaining insight about their children.
TeamOur team of specialists includes:
- Anne DeBattista, RN, MS, C-PNP - Program Manager
- Joan Baran, PhD
- Barbara Bentley, PsyD, MsED
- John Brentar, PhD
- Maria Elena De Anda, PhD
- Cheryl Klaiman, PhD
- Caryn Kovar, PhD
- Casey Krueger, PhD
- Renee Pyle, PhD
- Nick St. John, PhD
- High Risk Infant Follow-up – Colleen Marcisz, RN, BSN
- Developmental Consultations – Cheryl Goldfarb-Greenwood, RNC, MN, CNS
- Maria Bonsall, OTR/L (Santa Cruz Clinic)
- Eiri Inenaga, MOT/L
- Janis Kitsuwa-Lowe, OTR/L
- Marianna Thorn, OTR/L
- Annette van Boldrik, OTR/L
- Eilish Byrne, MSPT
- Mandy McAloon, MSPT
- Debbie Tong, MAPT
- Beth Ball
- Judy Henderson, MA, CCC-SLP
- Amy Meyer, MA, CCC-SLP
- Maria Morgan, MA, CCC-SLP
Questionnaires and Forms
- Developmental consultation parent questionnaire [English | Spanish] (PDF)
- Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) (PDF)
- Release of information form [English | Spanish] (PDF)