Developmental Pediatrics

The programs with the Division of Developmental Pediatrics represent a consolidated effort of three organizations to provide a comprehensive continuum of diagnostic, inpatient, and outpatient services for children with developmental disabilities, and their families.

Children's Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and Easter Seals have the highest quality pediatric programs provided by staff who are highly skilled and extremely caring.

Specialists work as a team with the family physician and family members to develop coordinated treatment programs designed specifically to meet the unique needs of children. Our goal is to help children with disabilities increase their independence and achieve their potential through comprehensive services and family support.

Pediatric Developmental and Rehabilitation Services:

  • Adaptive Equipment Clinic (adaptive equipment, orthotics, and splinting)
  • Computer play and resource center (for families and professionals)
  • Developmental Preschool
  • Diagnostic examination by developmental pediatricians, therapists, psychologists, and other specialists
  • Hospital physical, occupational, speech/language and feeding therapy
  • In-hospital school
  • Lekotek (a family play and toy loan program)
  • Ongoing assessment
  • Outpatient physical, occupational, speech/language and feeding therapy

Accreditations include Joint Commission of Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Referrals to Developmental Pediatrics can be made by physicians, health departments, community agencies, schools or families. Please call (309) 681-6960 for more information.

University Child Development

The Regional Diagnostic Center of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria provides comprehensive diagnostic services and coordination of specialty care for children with developmental disabilities and developmental delays, including children with autism. The Center focuses primarily on young children 0 to 3 years of age, but school age children are considered on a case-by-case basis. The Center is actively involved in the Illinois Early Intervention System both for evaluations and for technical assistance to Child Family Connections in the Region.

Physicians, health departments, community agencies, schools and parents can make a referral but a primary care physician must be identified and advised of the referral. Each referred to the Center is assigned to a Diagnostic Specialist who assists the family through the entire diagnostic process and with recommendations for intervention. A detailed neurodevelopmental evaluation is obtained on each child. Additional assessments of motor skills, language, feeding and behavior are available as needed.

Ray and Cathy LaHood Center for Cerebral Palsy

The Center provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for children with cerebral palsy and their families. Our team of experts will help you coordinate the complex care that each child needs through on-going communication with the child's doctors, therapists and teachers.

Regional Developmental Follow-up Project (RDFP)

The RDFP provides periodic follow-up for children who are discharged from the NICU and are at high risk for developmental disabilities due to neurological complications. Infants with birth weights less then 1000 grams significant intraventricular hemorrhage and hypoxic-ischmeic injury are enrolled in the Project. The children are evaluated at 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and three years of age by several specialists. Recommendations for intervention and referral for services are provided as indicated. For more information, please call (309) 624-0611

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