What is D-B Pediatrics?
Developmental-behavioral (D-B) pediatrics is a subspecialty of pediatrics that focuses on the processes of typical development and behavior and the environmental and biological factors that enhance these processes or cause perturbations that may result in developmental or behavioral problems and disorders. D-B pediatricians assess child functioning across multiple domains, including motor skills, thinking, communication, social and emotional functioning, and behavioral regulation. In addition, they evaluate children for a wide range of developmental and behavioral disorders including autism spectrum disorders and related neurodevelopmental disabilities. They also assess family functioning and have knowledge of community resources that allows them to help families develop comprehensive, coordinated, and family-centered management plans that address the diverse needs of families within their communities.
What is the DBPNet?
The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) is a partnership between 16 of the country’s leading DB pediatrics clinical, training, and research programs and the only national professional society devoted exclusively to developmental-behavioral pediatrics, the interdisciplinary Society for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP).
DBPNet will focus on a broad range of developmental-behavioral disorders that includes, but is not limited to, ASD. This provides the Network with a unique and important role in investigating assessment practices, biomarkers, and psychosocial and pharmacological interventions for symptoms that occur commonly across many neurodevelopmental disorders.