Developmental Medicine


Tracking Infant Progress Statewide is a clinical project funded by DHSS with the goal of standardizing the system of follow up for high risk newborns in the state. Neurodevelopmental outcome data is collected and analyzed to ensure ongoing screening that maximizes early identification of developmental problems. Under the direction of Dr. Howard Needelman MD, the findings from the project help to guarantee appropriate developmental follow up for children and allows NICU staff evaluate the care they provide.  The information collected helps other families know what may be expected in their child’s development.

Effects of Infant Cardiac Surgery

Faculty from the Developmental Medicine department participate in the Cardiovascular Follow-Up Clinic to evaluate and study preschool and school-age children who have undergone surgery for complex congenital heart disease. This research helps to address the needs of this population throughout childhood and will facilitate the early identification of developmental impairments so that therapeutic interventions may be initiated to maximize the functional potential of these children.

Implications of Developmental Screening

Parental concern, demographic variables and screening tools all play a part in how quickly and accurately a child is diagnosed with a developmental disorder.  Analysis of abnormal screening results was conducted along with a correlation analysis between developmental and autism specific screening tools. Results from this study identified a need for awareness and the efficacy of screening tools in the primary care setting, along with timely referral to early intervention services. 

Developmental Medicine has participated in several industry sponsored national research studies related to Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD and Fragile X Syndrome.