Caring for children with autism, ADHD and other behavioral and development concerns

SLUCare's division of developmental pediatrics, housed at the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center, provides diagnostic evaluation, follow-up, support and advocacy for children and their families.

Our specialists provide advanced care for children with a broad range of neuro-developmental disabilities and communication disorders, particularly autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), intellectual disabilities and genetic disorders with associated development and behavioral concerns. Based on our expertise in autism, the Knights of Columbus Development Center has been designated a Missouri Center for Autism by the Department of Mental Health.

Our autism specialists offer PEERS, a social skills training program for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and their families. In collaboration with the speech pathology and occupational therapy departments at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, we also offer the Move to Communicate program that promotes communication in nonverbal preschoolers.

We offer behavior workshops for families to learn techniques based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy and a training program for families of children newly diagnosed with ASD. We also provide clinical evaluations for children in early intervention programs, as well as developmental pediatric consultation for early intervention service coordinators for Southern Illinois.

Developmental Conditions Treated

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Genetic disorders 
  • Associated development and behavioral concerns

SLUCare Developmental Pediatricians 

Rolanda Maxim, MD
Kimberly Twyman, MD
Shula Portnoy, MD
Donna Gfeller, PhD
Petra Swidler, MD
Cristiana Teodorescu, MD 

SLUCare Developmental Pediatrics Location

Knights of Columbus Developmental Center
3800 Park Avenue, St. Louis, Mo. 63104
(314) 577-5609 [map]