Developmental-behavioral Pediatrics and Genetics Services
Norton Children’s provides developmental-behavioral pediatrics and genetics care for children with a wide range of genetic and developmental or behavioral conditions.
Our multidisciplinary team at the Weisskopf Center is made up of developmental-behavioral pediatricians, clinical geneticists, nurse practitioners, child psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists genetic counselors, dietitians/nutritionists and social workers with the experience and training to provide care that’s “Just for Kids.”
Developmental-behavioral pediatric specialists diagnose, treat and provide insight for children and teens with a wide range of developmental or behavioral conditions. These services help families gain a better understanding of their child’s needs. The developmental-behavioral pediatrics team works closely with other specialists and agencies involved with developmental care and education to meet these identified needs.
Multidisciplinary clinicians are available to provide treatment and therapy that’s tailored to each child’s diagnosis and needs. Clinicians include:
- Developmental-behavioral pediatricians
- Occupational therapists
- Speech-language therapists
- Social workers
Conditions developmental-behavioral specialists treat:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Behavior and mood disorders
- Feeding disorders
- Fetal alcohol syndrome
- Fragile X syndrome
- General developmental or cognitive delays
- Learning differences
- Tourette syndrome
Developmental-behavioral specialty clinics include:
- Fragile X Clinic
- WHAS Crusade Learning Differences Clinic
- Feeding Disorders Clinic
- WHAS Autism Biomedical Clinic
The clinical genetics team provides comprehensive medical genetic consultation and services
to pediatric patients and their families, as well as adults who have or are at risk for hereditary conditions. The team consists of:
- Medical geneticists
- Genetic counselors
- Metabolic nutritionists
- Coordinator for the newborn screening program
Children are evaluated by clinical genetics for a variety of reasons, including birth defects, developmental delay, failure to thrive, or a suspected genetic condition. Genetic testing for children with suspected birth defects, developmental delays, failure to thrive or genetic conditions is coordinated. The clinical genetics team also provide long-term follow-up for children with known or suspected genetic conditions. For example, comprehensive care of children with inborn errors of metabolism is provided through medical and dietary management and enzyme infusion.
Medical genetics evaluations are provided to adults with concerns regarding various genetic conditions, including connective tissue disorders, neurological conditions, metabolic disorders, and lysosomal storage disorders.
Genetic counseling assists individuals and families understand information about birth defects or genetic disorders. This includes explaining patterns of inheritance, recurrence risks, natural history of diseases, and genetic testing options. Individuals and families are connected with appropriate resources, such as support groups or specific types of medical clinics, locally and nationally.
All babies born in Kentucky receive genetic testing after birth. The testing screens for at least 55 conditions. If a child tests positive for a condition or the results are unclear, follow-up testing will be ordered. Our team coordinates follow-up testing and any needed specialist appointments for newborns with abnormal or inconclusive screening results.
Conditions clinical genetics specialists diagnose and treat:
- Chromosome abnormalities
- Skeletal dysplasias
- Developmental syndromes (for example Williams syndrome, Rubinstein Taybi syndrome, Kabuki syndrome, Smith-Lemli Opitz syndrome, and Russell Silver syndrome to name a few)
- Connective tissue disorders such as Marfan syndrome, Ehlers Danlos syndrome
- Inborn errors of metabolism such as PKU, MCAD, VLCAD, organic acidemias, MSUD
- Lysosomal storage disorders including Fabry disease, Gaucher disease, mucopolysaccharidoses, Pompe disease.
Clinical genetics specialty clinics include:
- Neurofibromatosis clinic ( in coordination with pediatric ophthalmology)
- Neurogenetics clinic (in coordination with pediatric neurology)
Frank Yen Cytogenetics Laboratory
The Frank Yen Cytogenetics Laboratory provides chromosome analyses for children with multiple congenital anomalies (birth defects), developmental delays or intellectual disabilities due to an undetermined cause. The laboratory also offers:
- Chromosomal microarray analyses (CMA)
- Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analyses
Collaboration with UofL Physicians for your child’s care
We work with providers from UofL Physicians to provide highly skilled care for your child. Norton Children’s Hospital serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. These doctors are professors and active researchers helping to advance medical care through clinical research and education.
The Norton Children’s difference
The care your child needs is close to home at Norton Children’s. With a 125-year presence in Louisville, Norton Children’s is a leader in pediatric care across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, providing an expanded footprint that includes:
- Norton Children’s Hospital– The region’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital and Louisville’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. Norton Children’s Hospital also has one of the largest Level IV (highest level) neonatal intensive care units in the country.
- Numerous regional outpatient centers and extensive pediatrician and pediatric specialist offices throughout the area.
- Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital– The only women’s hospital in Louisville, providing care dedicated to the needs of women and children.
- Norton Children’s Medical Center– A unique regional outpatient facility designed “Just for Kids,” bringing pediatric care to northeastern Jefferson County and the surrounding area.
Norton Children’s Offers Specialized Programs and Services, including:
- Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, and the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center, which is one of the oldest oncology programs continuously accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.
- Norton Children’s Heart & Vascular Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Norton Children’s heart transplant surgeons performed Kentucky’s first heart transplant in a newborn in 1986, making the hospital the second site in the United States for infant transplants. Norton Children’s Hospital will be home to the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (expected completion in 2019).
- Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, including a Level 4 epilepsy center
- Orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation
- The Wendy Novak Diabetes Center
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