Down Syndrome Clinic
The multidisciplinary Down Syndrome Center aims to improve the quality of life for children with Down Syndrome and their families by offering coordinated assessments, connections to resources, education and advocacy. The DBP fellow follows a patient through their appointment with guidance from the multidisciplinary team. Afterwards, the fellow presents the case during the patient review meeting.
San Diego Regional Center
The San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) serves as a focal point in the community for patients with developmental disabilities. Patients and their families can obtain services and be linked to other community resources within San Diego and Imperial counties. The DBP fellow will work with the Developmental-Behavioral pediatrician during developmental evaluations, and will learn about the programs and services available through SDRC.
San Ysidro Health Center
The San Ysidro Health Center (SYHC) is a non-profit organization which aims to improve the health and well-being of the community's traditionally underserved and culturally diverse population with affordable health care services, including, evidence-based behavioral health services to children. The DBP fellow will work with Dr. Tasha Taylor at the Maternal & Child Health Center during new patient developmental evaluations. The DBP Fellow will also spend time with return patients during their follow-up visits.
High Risk Infant Follow-Up Clinic
High Risk Infant Follow-Up Clinic provides special examinations for babies discharged from the NICU to supplement the routine pediatric care. The DBP fellow will observe the standardized developmental tests used to evaluate a child's development. The Fellow will observe the child's motor skills through interaction and play-based activities with toys. The Fellow will also observe the child's mental skills, language development, and examine the child's muscle strength and reflexes.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services (CAPS) program is an inpatient unit for children and adolescents up to age 18 with psychiatric illness such as depression, psychosis, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse. The DBP fellow participates in a monthly DBP/CAPS case conference. At this conference, interesting and/or difficult cases with overlapping diagnosis or treatment options are presented and discussed between the two specialties.
University of San Diego Education and Disability Law Clinic
The University of San Diego (USD) Disability and Education Clinic is a volunteer project where the USD law students provide free legal services (under the supervision of a practicing attorney) to San Diego residents in need. The DBP fellow receives practical training and experience in client intake, interviewing and counseling. They will participate in weekly group meetings that are combined with individual case conferences to provide training in case management.
KidSTART is a program for children under 6 years old with complex needs in multiple areas of daily life. Mental health and developmental specialists, including the DBP fellow, assess needs, develop collaborative treatment plans, provide unique interventions and facilitate long-term care coordination for the family.
Autism Discovery Institute
The Autism Discover Institute (ADI) provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services, and advanced research into autism spectrum disorders under one roof as well as programs to help families have positive experiences and interactions. The DBP fellow works with the psychologist and other specialists on evaluations and has the opportunity to take the Introductory/Clinical ADOS-2 Workshop.