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

Dr. Mary Hinrichsen Pavan, MD
Specializes in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Internal Medicine, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
880 6th Street S; Suite 460
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mary Pavan's specialties are neurodevelopmental disabilities and developmental-behavioral pediatrics. She practices in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Pavan honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and then she performed her residency at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. She is affiliated with All Children's Hospital and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pavan's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Joel Michael Shulkin, MPH, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
880 6th Street S; Suite 410
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Joel Shulkin is a medical specialist in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Shulkin honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at San Antonio Military Pediatric Center. Dr. Shulkin (or staff) speaks the following languages: German, French, and Portuguese. He is affiliated with All Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Flora Robinson Howie, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
801 6th Street S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Flora Howie specializes in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Her education and training includes medical school at Howard University College of Medicine and residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Howard University Hospital. Dr. Howie is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital.

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Specializes in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
880 6th Street S
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Henry Shapiro specializes in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Shapiro honors United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. 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.