Our pediatric developmental experts evaluate, diagnose and treat children with learning, behavioral and developmental conditions.
Our team specializes in treating:
Autism spectrum disorders
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD and ADHD)
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Fragile X syndrome
Whether your child has already been diagnosed with a developmental condition, or you need a comprehensive evaluation, we can help you navigate the process and direct you to services.
Our child evaluation program offers:
Infant/Toddler Assessment Program (ITAP):Provides comprehensive screening and monitoring of high-risk infants and toddlers up to age 3, to start them on recommended therapies.
Regional Fetal Alcohol Diagnostic Program:Improves early diagnosis and management of children who have been exposed to alcohol in utero.
Down Syndrome Clinic: Provides team consultations and assessments regarding the medical, developmental, behavioral, and educational issues related to Down syndrome. At Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, this program is known as the Judy Center for Down Syndrome.
Our highly-trained developmental specialists assess your child with a thorough examination. When needed, they make referrals to other pediatric specialists at our children’s hospitals.
Our social workers will also help put your mind at ease and by connecting you to everything you may need, from early intervention to transition services for your adolescent, including:
Referrals to other specialists
Home care agencies
Advocacy, support groups and therapies
Autism care – dedicated to the medical home philosophy
We are committed to providing care to our patients with autism that is:
Accessible: There is a single contact point, streamlining referrals and the overall appointment process.
Patient- and family-centered: Care is supportive and personalized, taking into consideration family values, feedback and resources.
Continuous: Ongoing comprehensive care is provided by a health team.
Coordinated: Care is coordinated with primary pediatricians, subspecialists and community resources.
Compassionate: Our compassionate staff members provide sensitive and personalized care.
Culturally sensitive: Language and sign interpreters are available to facilitate services. We are sensitive to and serve diverse racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic populations.
The family resource specialist at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital is provided through our partnership with the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN). SPAN is a statewide program with resources for parents, caregivers and families, to help them advocate for their children in collaboration with their school district. Our family resource specialist provides guidance on:
The transition from early intervention to preschool
Navigating the transition process for adolescents
Linkage to NJ Resources for Families; Making Connections to Information Services
Join other parents and caregivers that understand the challenges of watching their child struggle with learning or behavioral issues. A social worker and family resource specialist lead our parent support groups which allow for sharing and open dialogue. We offer both day and evening hours to accommodate everyone’s schedules.
The Institute for Child Development at Hackensack University Medical Center offers workshops for siblings of children with disabilities or special healthcare needs to help them connect with their siblings. Children, ages 7-13, are invited to take part in activities with an experienced social worker or child life team member.
For More Information
Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center
Institute for Child Development 30 Prospect Ave, WFAN Building, Hackensack, NJ 07601
General # 551-996-5555
Intake # 551-996-5524
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospitalat Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Child Evaluation center
81 Davis Avenue, Suite 4, Neptune, NJ 07753
732-776-4178, ext. 2