Child Development and Behavioral Health
Interdisciplinary care for behavioral difficulities
The Child Development and Behavioral Health Clinic at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital provides consultations and evaluations for children with developmental, academic or behavioral difficulties. Our clinic is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of developmental pediatricians, psychologists and social workers. The clinic's mission is to provide a comprehensive assessment in order to inform a multifaceted treatment plan.
Common diagnoses seen at our clinic include:
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Developmental delay
- Learning disability
- Intellectual disability
After referral to our clinic, families meet with a developmental pediatrician or psychologist to discuss their concerns. Comprehensive assessments are planned to evaluate a child's cognitive, academic and social-emotional development. Families participate in a face-to-face feedback meeting and receive individualized recommendations for their child. Our physicians also consult about medication as indicated. Families receive written reports after the conclusion of the visit.
Our office does not provide therapy or psychiatric treatment. We serve children ages 0-21 from Columbia, Lexington and across the Midlands. In addition, we are a training site for pediatric residents and third-year medical students, as well as students from a variety of other disciplines including speech/language pathology, psychology and genetic counseling.
9 Richland Medical Park, Suite 210
Columbia, SC 29203
Schedule an appointment
To schedule an appointment, a physician’s referral is required. Please contact your child’s pediatrician.
To refer a patient, physicians should complete the appropriate new patient referral/consult fax form and the supplemental referral form and fax to 803-434-1920. Upon receiving an appropriate referral, the clinic staff will mail the child’s parents a packet of information and forms that must be completed and returned in the provided self-addressed stamped envelope. Parents will have four weeks to return the packet. If the packet is not received in this general time frame, we will notify the referring physician. A re-consult will be required if the referral still is needed.
Robin B. Welsh, MD
Marjorie G. Cloninger, PhD
Caroline H. DiBattisto, MD