The Child Development Clinic at Children's National Health System evaluates more than 1,500 children each year from birth to 4 years of age with developmental concerns, including:
Program Director Johanna (Penny) Glass, PhD, is a renowned expert in infant and child development, recognized for her pioneering research concerning the development of high risk infants. The program staff of developmental and clinical psychologists provides comprehensive evaluations and consultation, parent support and training, and referrals to specialty clinics within Children’s National and to resources in the community. The staff works closely with the child’s primary care provider.
There are many reasons why children are referred to our specialists:
Evaluations may involve up to two visits. Parents are in the room with the child. A specialist engages the child with standardized test items and toy materials in a structured manner and also observes the child during unstructured play. The evaluation determines how a child is developing compared to other children of the same age, looking for both special strengths and areas of difficulty. Important insight about the child's behavior at home is obtained by in-depth parent interview. Available records from previous evaluations or other specialists are also reviewed. Immediate feedback regarding the child’s development and specific therapeutic recommendations and any indicated referrals (to specialty clinics or community intervention programs) are provided to the parent, followed by an integrated written report.
Other than the scar on the right side of his neck, there are no visible signs that he went through such grave trauma at birth."
Johanna Penny Glass
Penny Glass, PhD, speaks with CNN Health about a study in Pediatrics that found fussy infants and toddlers watch more TV.
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