Patient Care

The division offers consultative care for children and adolescents with a range of behavioral, developmental and learning challenges through a Developmental Medicine Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital-San Francisco. The clinic provides parents and children assistance with behavioral and developmental problems in the areas of academic performance, attentional issues, regulation of behavior and emotion, and peer social relationships. Other areas of concern may include trouble with following directions, learning daily routines, or managing patterns of sleep. Children with pre-existing diagnoses such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder may also be seen for specific problem-based questions. Children or adolescents who appear to have more serious, psychiatric causes for their difficulties will be referred to appropriate psychiatric care. At this time, the clinic primarily offers consultative care to create a treatment plan. Psychoeducational or neuropsychological testing or ongoing problem management can also be arranged on a case-by-case basis or may be referred to local and community service agencies appropriate to needs.


For a referral to our clinic, please have your doctor call the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Access Center at (877) UC–CHILD or (877) 822–4453.