Child Development

Loyola University Health System developmental and behavioral specialists provide consultation for families and primary care physicians who have concerns about their child's development and behavior. Our specialists work with families to provide a diagnostic assessment of their child's strengths and challenges as well as ongoing follow-up to maximize their child's potential. Our specialists work with families, schools and therapists to ensure success for the child at home, in the classroom and in the community.

Special Interests

  • Developmental follow-up after premature or other high risk birth
  • Developmental Delay
  • Speech and Language Delays
  • Trouble making friends
  • Autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Learning difficulties
  • Developmental follow-up of complex medical and genetic disorders
  • School problems

Residency Education

The goal of residency training is to integrate child development and child behavior knowledge into clinical encounters across inpatient and outpatient settings. Both Pediatric and Med-Peds residents undergo a mandatory, one month, full-time block rotation in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. In addition to time spent in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic, residents have the opportunity to spend time in a child care center to observe the range of normal development. Residents also spend time in community settings to learn more about the range of services available to children with disabilities in the community; therapy services for children such as speech, occupational and physical therapy; and the Early Intervention Program.


Lauren Boyd, M.D.