Pediatric Developmental Medicine - Baton Rouge, LA

Pediatric Developmental Medicine

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(225) 765-6346

The Pediatric Development and Therapy Center offers a multi-disciplinary approach to the assessment and management of pediatric developmental disabilities. Developmental delays can range from congenital malformations to the Autism Spectrum. We work to identify your child’s specific needs, and varied members of the team will evaluate your child to make appropriate developmental recommendations. 

We treat infants, children and adolescents with developmental and/or behavioral diagnosis including:

Developmental Medicine Specialists at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital

Felix_PedsDevTherapy.jpg Steven D. Felix, MD is Board Certified in pediatrics and developmental pediatrics. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and medical degree from Boston University. Dr. Felix completed both his Internship and residency at Oakland Naval Hospital and did his Fellowship training at the University of Washington. Dr. Felix specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of children with developmental and behavioral conditions.
Chestaro_Cindy_2.jpg Cindy E. Chestaro, M.D., FAAP is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. She received her medical degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in the Dominican Republic and then went on to complete a residency in Pediatrics at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, IL. Dr. Chestaro then completed a Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Program from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She specializes in the diagnostic evaluation, medical management, and family support for children with motor, communicative, sensory, developmental, genetic, neurological, learning, and behavioral disorders – including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Complex ADHD, Learning Disorders, Speech and Language Disorders, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Delays and Behavioral Disorders. Dr. Chestaro speaks both English and Spanish.

Diagnoses and Treatment
Additionally, our team of physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists specialize in the evaluation and therapy of children with special needs, including those diagnosed with:

  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Congenital Malformations
  • Developmental Delays
  • Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
  • Head Injuries
  • Neurological/Muscular Disorders
  • Sensory Integrative Dysfunction
  • Speech and Language Disorders
  • Torticollis

Special Needs Pediatric Transportation Safety Program
Sometimes, a child's special healthcare needs may require additional support or attention during transportation to keep them safe. Our program is staffed by physical and occupational therapists who have received training in transporting children with special healthcare needs and hold Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) certifications.

Some common medical conditions served by this program are:

  • Prematurity, low birth weight
  • Orthopedic conditions and casts
  • Cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders
  • Autism and related disorders
  • Down's Syndrome

Therapists evaluate each patient and determine the appropriate seating solution that will work for the child, the caregivers and the family vehicle. Outpatient evaluations require a prescription from the doctor.

The fitting for a special needs car seat occurs over two appointments:

  • The first appointment consists of a physical therapy evaluation, assessment of current transportation and fitting in demonstration restraints. A letter of medical necessity is written based on assessment.
  • During the second appointment, the car seat will be properly adjusted to fit the child, and installed in the vehicle.

Outpatient Pediatric Development Medicine services available at this location:

Pediatric Development and Therapy Center
8415 Goodwood Boulevard, Suite 200
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 765-6346
(225) 765-3442 (physician referral fax)