Children’s Development Centers

Affinia Healthcare’s Children’s Developmental Center (CDC) was established in 1996 to offer the community a place where parents could receive help if they had a concern about their child’s emotional, behavioral or intellectual development.

The CDC provides a team of specialists to evaluate and treat the medical, psychological and social needs of the child. Because each child’s world involves home and school, the CDC works with both parents and the school system to help manage developmental, behavioral or emotional problems that may be affecting the child. The CDC provides individualized assessments and treatment, which may include individual, family, and/or group therapy.


Affinia Healthcare’s CDC serves children from infancy through 18 years of age. An initial assessment process is usually completed within two working days of a parent contact, or referral from another office.


Please consider Affinia Healthcare’s Children’s Developmental Center as an additional referral source for neurological, developmental and behavioral health evaluations, as well as follow-up consultation.

Children’s Developmental services are available at our 1717 Biddle Street and 2220 Lemp Avenue locations. Please visit our Locations page for more information on these locations.

More Information on CDC

To ensure early recognition and intervention for specific neurological and/or behavioral or emotional problems, the CDC provides the following services:

neurological examinations

psychological evaluations

psychiatric care

psychosocial assessments

individual and family counseling

resource development and linkages

pharmacologic treatment

Initial assessment process usually occurs within 48 hours of referral. We collaborate with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, and the child’s pediatrician.


Team of Professionals

The CDC implements a multi-modal management approach. Our team of professionals consists of:

  •  pediatric neurologist
  • child/adolescent psychiatrist
  • child psychologists
  • licensed clinical social workers


Typical Issues Seen at the CDC

Below is a list of behaviors that parents describe as causing them the most difficulty:


  • she/he can’t focus; is always on the go
  • teacher says student is behind in his/her work
  • aggressive and very physical
  • smart, but still has school problems
  • cries a lot, and seems to be very moody
  • always has to have the last word
  • doesn’t seem to listen
  • doesn’t talk and/or has speech problems
  • slow learner
  • difficulty getting along with other kids


Diagnoses Managed at the CDC

  • neurological disorders
  • global developmental delay
  • pervasive developmental disorders and autism
  • language and learning disorders
  • ADHD, oppositional or aggressive behaviors
  • anxiety and mood disorders