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

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Dr. Maria L Escolar, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
4401 Penn Avenue; Plaza Building, Floor 4
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Maria Escolar specializes in pediatric neurology and developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Escolar trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Escolar (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Escolar is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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

Dr. Diego Chaves-Gnecco's medical specialty is developmental-behavioral pediatrics. On average, patients gave Dr. Chaves-Gnecco a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. He graduated from Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In addition to English, Dr. Chaves-Gnecco speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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

Dr. Kristin Hannibal works as a developmental pediatrician. Dr. Hannibal's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. She attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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

Dr. Sara Hamel is a developmental pediatrician in Pittsburgh, PA and Wexford, PA. She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Hamel completed a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Patients rated Dr. Hamel highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hamel is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is 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.
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