Dr. Mark Bertin, Developmental Pediatrics
Dr. Mark Bertin, a board certified developmental behavioral pediatrician, evaluates and coordinates care for children with developmental, learning, and behavioral problems.
Appointments at Dr. Bertin's practice explore psychological, family and educational factors that may be triggering concerns. Developmental tests are used to observe your child’s cognitive, language, motor and academic abilities, or specific aspects of behavior.
When we develop a broad understanding of a child’s strengths as well as the likely causes of any difficulties, it becomes easier to make skillful choices moving forward. The goal of the evaluation is to create as comprehensive picture as possible of your child’s skills and to provide practical information for planning accessible to parents, schools and providers. After the evaluation you will receive a report discussing, as needed, behavioral management, family supports, school placement and educational services, medical interventions and further testing.
From this starting point, Dr. Bertin acts as a long-term resource. He will help monitor development, provide developmental, behavioral and medical advice, and offer long term guidance in coordinating care for your child’s evolving needs. Parenting a child who is having difficulty can be extremely stressful and overwhelming, so there is also an emphasis on working together to support your entire family.
Dr. Bertin will help you manage whatever academic planning, additional testing, and community based services are most appropriate for your child and your family. Problems such as learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autistic spectrum disorders have complex effects requiring care that integrates many different resources over time. And of course, not every child evaluated will turn out to have a specific developmental condition. Dr. Bertin can still help develop a plan to address your concerns or those of your child’s teachers, caretakers or therapists.
Dr. Bertin is the author of The Family ADHD Solution, which integrates mindfulness into evidence-based ADHD care. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College, on the faculty of the Windward Teacher Training Institute, and on the editorial advisory board of Common Sense Media. His blog is available through Huffington Post and Psychology Today.