Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: Training Modules on Clinical Issues in Primary Care

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These 24 training modules for physician faculty explore common developmental and behavioral pediatric issues relevant to primary care for children ages 0–5 and their families. Designed to be a teaching resource, the two-DVD set includes lecture slides and video designed to serve as case studies and trigger discussion.

Organizations: Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics; Boston University School of Medicine

Target Populations: Instructors of pediatric residents, family medicine residents, and pediatric nurse practitioner students

The Issue: There is rarely a one-size-fits-all approach to helping families with developmental and behavioral pediatric issues. The individual child and his or her environment must be considered when making assessments, providing guidance to parents, and intervening. Instructors of pediatric residents, family medicine residents, and pediatric nurse practitioner students want to be able to offer general knowledge about developmental and behavioral pediatrics, as well as ways of teaching practical skills that can be fostered though the direct observation and discussion of office experiences.

The Intervention: These 24 training modules for physician faculty explore common developmental and behavioral pediatric issues relevant to primary care for children ages 0–5 and their families. In addition to a PowerPoint presentation intended to support a formal lecture on the topic, the DVDs offer video clips of doctor–patient and parent–child interactions to be used as springboards for discussion. The first eight modules address the general knowledge and practical skills that inform all developmental and behavioral pediatric practice, such as cognitive development, gross and fine motor development, and services for children with developmental delays.

The next 16 modules provide information on specific clinical developmental and behavioral pediatric issues, such as the "colicky infant," helping parents with discipline, and integrating legal advocacy into clinical practice. Each module contains a training presentation that includes goals for the trainee; suggestions for pre-clinic "engagement activities" to help trainees prepare for the presentation (such as going to a toy store); and an engagement activity, or case study. The modules also include lecture slides that can serve as templates for 20- to 60-minute discussions; suggestions for post-engagement activities for trainees (such as conducting a language assessment in one's own practice); and handouts for use by a trainee or parent. The modules are designed to be used by all levels of instructors. While less experienced teachers might choose to use the entire module, more experienced teachers could use only the case studies to stimulate discussion. The video clips are meant to generate several potential points for further discussion.

For More Information: To obtain a free DVD set, contact Marilyn Augustyn M.D., (augustyn@bu.edu) or Steven Parker, M.D., (spark@bu.edu) M.D. At this time, participation in a two-hour training workshop is required to receive the DVDs. The workshops are being held around the country in conjunction with national meetings, such as those hosted by the Ambulatory Pediatrics Association, American Academy of Pediatric Program Directors, and the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.


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