Pediatrics

Developmental Pediatrics

Pulmonary Allergy

Developmental and behavioral pediatricians perform comprehensive developmental evaluations to determine a child’s areas of delay, whether it be speech, motor, cognitive, social, adaptive or behavioral and then offer behavioral suggestions that families can implement at home and educational teams can utilize at school.

Developmental and behavioral pediatrics is beneficial for:

  • Younger children with developmental delays including speech, cognitive, motor or social delays with concerns for autism
  • Individuals diagnosed with autism requiring medical management
  • Infants who are at higher risk for developmental delays due to prematurity or other health problems
  • Low tone, spasticity, cerebral palsy
  • Down Syndrome and other genetic differences associated with learning disabilities
  • Complex ADHD and anxiety in younger children
  • Speech delay and disorders (selective mutism, apraxia, central auditory processing disorders)
  • School age children with learning disabilities

Prior to offering this sub-specialty, families were forced to travel a long distance or be placed on a waiting list to get an evaluation of their child’s skills and a recommendation for support services. Now, pediatric patients in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas can get the early intervention they need to set them up for success both at home and in school.

St. Luke’s Developmental Pediatrics is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children, youth and families affected by developmental and behavioral disorders.

Our Featured Physician
Stephanie R. Straka, DO, FAAP