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Specializes in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
5020 E Shea Boulevard; Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ
 

Dr. Shabana Jessani practices developmental-behavioral pediatrics and general pediatrics. Dr. Jessani honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Sindh Medical College and residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Maimonides Medical Center. She is affiliated with Phoenix Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Mark Stephen Ruggiero, MD
Specializes in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
5020 E Shea Boulevard; Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ
 

Dr. Mark Ruggiero specializes in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. He is professionally affiliated with Phoenix Children's Hospital. Dr. Ruggiero is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Ruggiero attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school.

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Specializes in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
5020 E Shea Boulevard; Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ
 

Dr. Agnes Bilog's medical specialty is neurodevelopmental disabilities, developmental-behavioral pediatrics, and general pediatrics. Dr. Bilog is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Phoenix Children's Hospital.

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Specializes in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
5020 E Shea Boulevard; Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ
 

Dr. Raun Melmed specializes in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before performing his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Melmed attended the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school. Dr. Melmed has received the distinction of Phoenix Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Phoenix Children's Hospital and Banner Health.

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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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