Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my child should see a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician?
A Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician can assess your child for developmental, learning or behavioral concerns. We include medical, behavioral and social assessment in the evaluation in order to help you understand your child. For example, some medical conditions such as genetic disorders and prematurity can lead to developmental or behavioral problems. We have expertise in counseling, treatment, and ongoing monitoring of chronic problems. In addition, we can direct you to resources to support your child’s optimal development and behavior.

What types of problems does a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician evaluate?

  • Developmental delay
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • School performance problems
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Feeding problems from infancy to school age
  • Excessive crying in infancy
  • Sleep problems
  • Communication disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Mood problems
  • Discipline problems

What can I expect if I make an appointment for my child?
The comprehensive evaluation may last up to 2½ hours. We usually ask you to provide report cards, teacher narratives, parent and teacher rating questionnaires, copies of prior evaluations, and medical records prior to your child’s visit. During the first part of the evaluation we will discuss your concerns and review all pertinent developmental and medical history. After a short break to discuss our findings, we will discuss our assessment and recommendations with you. Follow-up visits (30 minutes long) may be scheduled. Our goal is for your child health provider to take over the care coordination, when an effective plan is in place.

Who makes up the evaluation team?
Three board-certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric UCSD/Rady Children’s Hospital Faculty members lead the team: Dr. Yi Hui Liu; Dr. Martin T. Stein; and Dr. Sheila Gahagan. Because we recognize the importance of teaching child development and behavior to physicians-in-training, our team also includes Developmental-Behavioral pediatric fellows, pediatric residents, child and adolescent psychiatry fellows, and medical students.

How long does it take to schedule an appointment with a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician?
New evaluation appointments are generally available within 1-3 months. There is increased demand for appointments at the beginning of the school year, after school grading periods, and towards the end of the school year.