We found 3 developmental behavioral pediatricians who accept United Healthcare Compass near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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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 works as a developmental behavioral pediatrician in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Shulkin is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at San Antonio Military Pediatric Center. Dr. Shulkin (or staff) is conversant in German, French, and Portuguese.

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

Dr. Mary Pavan sees patients in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Her medical specialty is developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Pavan is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Her training includes a residency program 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 accepts. Dr. Pavan is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Henry Shapiro works as a developmental behavioral pediatrician. Dr. Shapiro takes United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: 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.
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