Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
This is a six-month, half-time rotation in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at MUSC, a multidisciplinary service with representative faculty from several related disciplines, including school psychology, clinical psychology, developmental behavioral pediatrics, genetics, and pediatric psychiatry. Interns have the opportunity to work on multi-disciplinary evaluation teams. The first two to three weeks of the rotation include intensive training in interview and specialized assessment techniques for children. Interns participate in two primary clinical training experiences:
Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic. Interns spend one day per week in an autism spectrum disorder diagnostic clinic, which provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for children suspected of having Autism, Aspergers Disorder, or Pervasive Development Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Referred patients range in age from 15 months to 18 years, and may have a wide range of co-occurring conditions. Interns receive training in the use of state-of-the-art assessment instruments for these disorders, including the ADOS, and gain experience in differential diagnosis.
Infant and Toddlers Assessment Clinic. Interns spend one day per week in the Infant and Toddlers Assessment Clinic. This clinic provides developmental evaluations for children from birth to age 4 suspected of having developmental delays. This clinic is a multidisciplinary service that is staffed by clinical psychologists and developmental behavioral pediatricians. Interns assigned to this clinic will receive training in early child development and in the use of age appropriate assessments tools including the Mullen Scales of Early Learning.
- Reliably use evidenced - based assessment methods for the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
- Provide accurate differential diagnoses for children referred for concerns for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Provide evidence-based individualized treatment recommendations for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities
- Reliably use the Mullen and other instruments to provide a thorough, accurate developmental assessment for children ages 0-4 years
- Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team to conduct developmental assessment and develop needs based treatment plan
- Provide sensitive, evidence-based feedback to families regarding their children’s development and proposed treatment plan
Location of rotation: Medical University of South Carolina
Faculty: Laura Arnstein Carpenter, Ph.D., BCBA, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Kasey Hamlin Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics