Pediatric Developmental Services

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Family Health Centers of San Diego’s Pediatric Developmental Services Department is dedicated to providing early positive and supportive experiences for children, parents and caregivers. Supporting a child’s development in all areas (physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and communication) is vital for his or her overall well-being; healthy development is of the utmost importance for future academic and vocational success across the entire life span.

The following services are provided to children with a wide range of needs, from typically developing to mild-to-severe developmental concerns:

Developmental Screenings (Newborn to 5 years of age):
A Developmental Specialist will interact with you and your child to review all areas of development. The specialist can answer questions you may have about developmental milestones and can offer ideas and tips on ways to interact with your child to continue to support and stimulate his or her development. This service is a great resource for parents, even if there are no concerns; during the session, we provide information about your child’s current development and offer strategies to enhance his or her exploration and learning.

Developmental Stimulation for Mild-to-Moderate Concerns:
We are able to offer support services, either in group format or through one-on-one sessions, depending on identified needs, to strengthen, through practice and play, those specific areas of development. An assessment may need to be completed to conduct a more in-depth review of skills and identify which developmental areas would benefit from additional services (group or one-on-one).

Therapy Services for Children with Developmental Concerns:
Therapy providers who specialize in early childhood and treatment for developmental delays can evaluate and offer ongoing therapy for children with developmental needs. All services are offered in a supportive and play-based environment and include parent/caregiver participation. Services are provided for children experiencing delays in their development, including children with specific diagnoses/concerns such as Failure to Thrive, Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and other delays and disorders. Click here for a list of therapy types.

All of the above services can be provided in Spanish and English and are offered at the following clinic locations, depending on availability:

Developmental screenings only:

Call us today to learn more about how to access services:
(619) 515-2515 (Central and South locations)
(619) 515-2463 (East locations)

This number is not intended for emergency care. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately or go to the emergency room. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call the toll-free Access and Crisis Line: 1(888) 724-7240 [TDD for the hearing impaired: (619) 641-6992], which is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, call 911 or go to the emergency room.

Some services are made possible through the Healthy Development Services program and
funded by First 5 San Diego.


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