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We found 4 developmental behavioral pediatricians who accept United Healthcare Compass near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Mary Hinrichsen Pavan MD
Specializes in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
880 6th Street S; Suite 460
St Petersburg, FL
(727) 767-8230

Dr. Mary Pavan's areas of specialization are neurodevelopmental disabilities and developmental-behavioral pediatrics; she sees patients in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Pavan's hospital/clinic affiliations include All Children's Hospital and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Pavan trained at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pavan honors. She has an open panel.

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Dr. Joel Michael Shulkin MD, MPH
Specializes in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
880 6th Street S; Suite 410
St Petersburg, FL
(727) 767-8035

Dr. Joel Shulkin is a developmental behavioral pediatrician. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Shulkin trained at San Antonio Military Pediatric Center for his residency. Dr. Shulkin (or staff) speaks German, French, and Portuguese. Dr. Shulkin is affiliated with All Children's Hospital.

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Flora Robinson Howie MD
Specializes in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
801 6th Street S
St Petersburg, FL
(727) 767-8035

Dr. Flora Howie's area of specialization is developmental-behavioral pediatrics. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Howie attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Howard University Hospital. She is affiliated with All Children's Hospital.

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Specializes in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
880 6th Street S
St. Petersburg, FL
(727) 767-8035

Dr. Henry Shapiro's specialty is developmental-behavioral pediatrics. He studied medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Shapiro accepts United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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What is Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics?

Developmental-behavioral pediatricians are pediatricians who have special understanding and training in developmental, behavioral, and learning problems of children from infancy through adolescence. A fairly recent specialty, officially recognized in the early 2000’s, developmental-behavioral pediatrics has grown rapidly and seen wide demand along with increased rates of autism spectrum disorders and other developmental and behavioral issues.

While a general pediatrician must concern themselves with all kinds of ailments that might affect children, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician is able to focus strictly on those problems that cause developmental delays or problematic behavior. This is still a very wide variety of disorders, but it may include:
  • Learning disabilities, such as dyslexia
  • Attention and behavior disorders, such as ADHD or oppositional-defiant disorder
  • Habit disorders, such as tics and Tourette syndrome
  • Regulatory disorders, such as problems with sleeping, eating, or toileting
  • Developmental disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, autism, or fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Delayed development, such as delayed speech and delayed motor skills

Regardless of the diagnosis, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician offers most families the same essential service: evaluation, diagnosis, education and information, resources, and treatment. Because there are so many developmental-behavioral disorders, and children may have more than one at a time, each treatment plan is highly individualized for that specific child. It may include behavior modification therapy, access to specialists, medication, occupational therapy, or a variety of other treatments. One of the most important parts of treatment that a developmental-behavioral pediatrician can offer is education. Teaching a child, their parents, their teachers, and others about a child’s diagnosis helps everyone manage symptoms better.

Developmental or behavioral disorders can be frustrating or even frightening for children and their families. A developmental-behavioral pediatrician can help families get a handle on these issues, making sure all kids have the opportunity to reach their full potential.