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We found 4 developmental behavioral pediatricians who accept United Healthcare Silver HMO near Pittsburgh, PA.

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Dr. Maria Luisa Escolar, MS, MD
Specializes in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
4401 Penn Avenue; Plaza Building, Floor 4
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Maria Escolar works as a developmental pediatrician and neurodevelopmental disabilities specialist in Pittsburgh, PA. Her medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Escolar is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Escolar (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Dr. Diego Gabriel Chaves-Gnecco, MD
Specializes in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
3420 Fifth Avenue, Child Development Unit; Oakland Medical Building
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Diego Chaves-Gnecco is a physician who specializes in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. The average patient rating for Dr. Chaves-Gnecco is 4.5 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. He attended medical school at Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Other, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
3420 Fifth Avenue, Child Development Unit; Oakland Medical Building
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Kristin Hannibal practices developmental-behavioral pediatrics. She is affiliated with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Hannibal takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. She studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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Specializes in Other, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
3420 Fifth Avenue, Child Development Unit; Oakland Medical Building
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Sara Hamel is a medical specialist in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hamel accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Hamel attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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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.