Fewer than 30% of children with developmental and behavioral problems are identified before entering school. Although most of these children receive routine pediatric care, or attend preschool programs, frequently their problems do not come to the attention of health professionals and teachers. By providing these professionals with training and access to crucial information and resources, the Developmental Pediatrics Program at Phoenix Children's Hospital is supporting optimal childhood development through the early identification of problems.
The Developmental Pediatric Program at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is poised to become one of Arizona's vital resources for information for residents and community physicians about early brain and child development. This program provides a comprehensive assessment for children who may present developmental delays (cognitive, social-emotional, motor, speech and language), disruptive behaviors, and problems with attention and learning. Each provider has received additional specialty training in child development and behavior, making them uniquely qualified to understand, assess, and treat this medically complicated patient population.
The program features several multidisciplinary clinics to enhance patient care, including:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Diagnostic Clinic
- ADHD Medication Management Clinic
- Autism Diagnosis and Management Clinic
- CCriB Program
- Pediatric Down syndrome Clinic
- Fragile X Clinic
In addition to these specialty clinics, all our providers see patients with developmental or behavioral disorders in the Developmental Pediatrics Clinic. Future clinic plans include expanding services to participate in the multidisciplinary 22q Clinic, and developmental follow-up of children with congenital heart disease.
Robin K. Blitz, MD is fellowship-trained and board certified in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) and in Pediatrics. She has many years of experience working with children and their families, and teaching residents. Along with being a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), she is also a member of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, an organization that has provided leadership in residency education, and a ZERO TO THREE Fellow.
Dr. Blitz has worked in various teaching capacities throughout her career, including:
- PEDS trainer for the AzAAP
- trainer on Early Child and Brain Development for the Mesa United Way Ready to Learn Initiative
- coordinator of the DBP rotation for first, second, and third year residents at St. Joseph's Hospital
- Clinical Associate Professor at University of Arizona, College of Medicine