Developmental Disabilities and Autism

Good Shepherd Pediatrics offers comprehensive evaluative and therapeutic services for children who have or are suspected of having developmental disabilities, including autism.

The Pediatrics Program is designed to assess your child’s skill level through an evaluation by a developmental pediatrician and a team of physical and occupational therapists, as well as speech/language pathologists.  Our expert staff members carefully determine your child’s functional needs to identify the best therapeutic options available.

Good Shepherd Pediatrics is home to the only board-certified developmental pediatrician in the Lehigh Valley.  Karen Senft, MD, works with Louise Zarrow, MSN, CPNP, to ensure children receive accurate diagnoses and the best treatment available, while helping them reach their full potential.

Developmental disabilities served by Good Shepherd’s Pediatrics Program include:

  • Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Brachial plexus
  • Central auditory processing problems
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • Developmental delays
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Genetic disorders
  • Hearing impairments
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Learning difficulties
  • Motor coordination problems/dyspraxia
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
  • Motor speech disorders (Apraxia)
  • Sensory integration dysfunction
  • Speech/language impairments
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Toe Walking
  • Torticollis

Rehabilitation services provided by Good Shepherd’s Pediatrics Program include:

Inpatient rehabilitation for children with developmental disabilities is available at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit.

Note: Good Shepherd's Pediatric Program is accepting new outpatient therapy patients who have a prescription from their pediatrician. However, due to the length of our waiting list for evaluations by a developmental pediatrician, Good Shepherd Pediatrics is not currently accepting new patients who wish to make an appointment with a developmental pediatrician. Good Shepherd's Pediatrics Program remains committed to providing inpatient and outpatient services for its patients. 

For more information on the Good Shepherd’s Pediatrics Program, contact us, call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422) or Request an Appointment.