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Patient Care

The Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics department works closely with Oklahoma Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, where patients find expert child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists, as well as developmental and behavioral pediatrics specialists, who develop an accurate diagnosis and an individualized treatment plan to address the specific issues.



This clinic provides evaluations and ongoing treatment/medication management to support primary care medical homes in caring for their patients with complex developmental and behavioral disorders, including ADHD and other disruptive behavior disorders, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, depression, language disorders, learning disorders, and intellectual disability.

A Better Chance (ABC)

A Better Chance is an assessment and treatment program for infants and children who were exposed to drugs and/or alcohol before birth. These infants/children are considered at high-risk for difficulties in their development. They may have problems with how they grow, think, talk, and move. Behavior problems are often present. Due to the special circumstances of these children, families and caregivers may experience increased concerns, stress, frustration, and feelings of isolation. It is our belief that by working with the infants, children, and their families from a very early age, the risk and potential difficulties can be reduced. Through involvement in A Better Chance the outcome for the infants/children and their families is expected to be better and brighter.
Interdisciplinary Team
Our interdisciplinary team consists of a psychologist, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, pediatric developmental counselors and a developmental and behavioral pediatrician.  The ABC team provides a coordinated evaluation that considers both developmental and behavioral challenges and strengths of the child and family and provides both counseling and a diagnostic report that includes individualized recommendation for the family.
Interdisciplinary Team Members
Vicki Cook, LPC, Co-Director
Elizabeth Bard, PhD, Co-Director
Tracy Goebel, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist
Shawn Gable, M.Ed., OTR/L, Senior Occupational Therapist
Amanda Pollock, Kaitlyn Davis, Shawna Standiford, Chloe Byrd, and Briana Anderson- Pediatric Developmental Counselors.
Demvihi Ihyembe MD, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician                                                   
Matthew Deel, MD,  Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics Fellow
Services provided include:
  • Comprehensive developmental evaluations to children with prenatal substance exposure from birth through 6 years of age.
  • Therapeutic services to children with prenatal substance exposure from birth through 6 years of age. Services include, Attachment Biobehavioral Catch-up, an evidenced based treatment for infants and toddlers who have experienced early adversity. As well as Parent Child Interaction Therapy, an evidenced based treatment for toddlers through age 6 who have disruptive behavior problems. Other behavior parent training is available upon request.
  • Information and guidance to families who are caring for high-risk infants/children.
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum (FAS) assessment.
  • Provide support to families and caregivers.
  • Coordinate with other programs and agencies in the community to enhance services to infants/children and families.
  • Developmental screenings for children residing with their caregivers in substance use treatment centers.
  • Consultation and training to professionals/agencies working with this special population
Who Can Participate?
Infants and children from birth through 6 years of age who were exposed to drugs and/or alcohol before birth may participate in A Better Chance. All caregivers of these children are included in services. These may include biological parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, or relative caregivers. For children older than 6 years of age, consultations, limited services, and referrals are available.
Every infant/child eligible for A Better Chance will be offered services regardless of ability to pay. Insurance, Medicaid or other third party sources, if available, will be billed for services.
Referrals and More Information
Services and consultations related to prenatal substance exposure and child development are available through A Better Chance program. To make a referral or receive for more information about A Better Chance, contact our coordinator, Sarah Smith, at (405) 271-5700, ext. 45173. 
For information regarding outreach education, please contact Amanda Pollock, at (405) 271-5700, ext. 45121.

Child Guidance - Oklahoma County

The mission of the Child Guidance Program is to prevent child abuse, promote optimal development, behavior and interactions for children and protect their families' future success. 

There is no issue more important to our nation's future than ensuring that every child has the opportunity to grow up in a nurturing, stimulating and stable environment. The problems that arise when a child is denied healthy childhood experiences are preventable. There are countless reports and government data showing that child neglect and maltreatment is a significant but preventable public health problem in our country today. 
  • Our purpose is to promote optimal development, healthy behavior and effective interaction for families and children. 
  • Services are provided by a staff of professional child development specialists, speech-language pathologists, and behavioral health specialists.
  • There are no eligibility requirements; any and every parent in Oklahoma is encouraged to use Child Guidance as a resource. 
Our services include:
Speech-Language Pathology Services
  • Facilitate the early identification of children with a communication delay through speech-language screenings, observation, hearing screenings and assessment 
  • Train, educate and consult with parents, professionals and caregivers on techniques to promote optimal communication and development through consultations, workshops, classes and teacher trainings.  
  • Promote health habits which decrease the likelihood that children will be born with or acquire a communication disorder. 
  • Provide short term intervention for children who may not be eligible for public school services or Sooner Start Intervention Program.
  • Provide Hanen Language Learning Programs such as "It Takes Two To Talk", "Learning Language and loving It", and "Target Word". Hanen Programs are facilitated by Hanen certified Speech-Language Pathologists. 
Child Development and Parent Education
  • Consultation can be provided to individuals, other professionals and organizations that have interests in young children. Some of the services offered include teacher training, parent meetings, observation of classrooms and resource coordination. 
  • Developmental Screening services include the assessment of your young child's skills and behavior. A screening is a very general look at how your child is developing compared to other children the same age. 
  • Referral services are also provided as needed. A Child Development Specialist can assist by helping arrange for other services such as further evaluation of skills and behavior. We are part of a network of other professionals, services and agencies in our community. 
  • Classes and workshops are available for groups of parents, teachers and organizations. 
Behavioral Health Services
  • Identify or facilitate the early identification of children with psychological, social, emotional or behavioral issues.
  • Provide psycho-educational and prevention services to children. 
  • Train, education and consult with parents, professionals and caregivers on techniques to promote optimal psychosocial development. 
  • Administer psychosocial screenings and limited evaluations of children's behavior.
  • Provide limited counseling services and refer families who are in need of long-term treatment to appropriate resources.
  • Provide classes, groups and workshops for parents and other caregivers. 
Child Guidance services:
  • Developmental Screening children birth - 6 years
  • Autism Screening children birth - 6 years
  • Hearing Screening children newborn - 12 years
  • Behavioral Counseling and Consultation - children birth - 12 years
  • Parent Child Enrichment (PCE) parents of children birth - 6 years
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) children 2 - 7 years
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) children 2 - 12 years
  • Speech/Language Evaluation and Therapy children birth - 12 years
  • Circle of Parents Support Groups families of children birth - 12 years
  • Circle of Security Parenting A relationship based Parenting Program
  • Infant Massage Classes babies 6 weeks - 6 months and their parent
  • Child Care Mental Health Consultation providers serving children birth - school age
  • Guest speaker presentations for businesses, parenting groups, churches, child care, college classes and anyone who might be interested.
Child Development Staff:
Robyn Sears, MS, CCPS, CFLE
Speech/Language Pathology:
Tracy Goebel, MEd, CCC-SLP
Behavioral Health:

Child Trauma Services (CTS)

The OU Children's Physicians Child Trauma Services Program serves the mental health needs of trauma-exposed youth and families. Our program utilizes nationally endorsed best practices in the assessment and treatment of childhood trauma. We specialize in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), a short-term, evidence based treatment shown to reduce trauma-related distress in youth.
Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Teaches:
  • Common effects of trauma on youth and families
  • Healthy ways to handle feelings
  • How to reduce stress
  • Skills for managing and reducing upsetting memories
  • How caregivers can support youth after stressful and traumatic events
  • Ways to reduce youth behavior problems
  • Ways to strengthen family relationships
Clinical Services Offered:
  • Trauma-focused assessments for children and teens to determine counseling needs
  • Trauma - Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for youth ages 3 and up and their families
  • A 10 - session TF-CBT group program for youth ages 5 to 12 who would benefit from group treatment and their caregivers
OU Children's Physicians
Child Study Center
1100 N.E. 13th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

To schedule an initial evaluation, contact our clinical coordinator:
Amanda Mitten, MA
(405) 271-5700 ext. 45149
For more information about our program, please go to our website at

Jump Start

Jump Start Developmental Clinic
To help families and care providers understand the developmental and behavioral strengths and challenges faced by young children suspected of having autism spectrum disorder and other related neurodevelopmental disorders or delays. 

Interdisciplinary Team
Our interdisciplinary team consists of a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, psychologist, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, pediatric developmental counselor, parent advocate, and Sooner SUCCESS coordinator, and provides a coordinated evaluation that considers both developmental and behavioral challenges and strengths of the child and family and provides both counseling and a diagnostic report that includes individualized recommendation for family and service providers.
Referrals and Information
Services and consultations for children from birth to 6 years with or suspected of having autism and/or other developmental delays are available through the the Child Study Center intake office at (405) 271-5700.
Referrals to the Jump Start Developmental Clinic may be made by physicians, parents, guardians, child welfare workers, teachers, school professionals, counselors, social workers and other health care professionals.

Occupational Assessment

Occupational Therapy assessments evaluate a child’s ability to participate in life’s daily activities. OT evaluations focus on fine and gross motor development, social skills, pre-writing/ writing skills, visual motor skills, self-care daily tasks, and sensory integration to promote independence and success for the child.

Psychoeducational Services

Evaluations in this clinic are intended for children ages 4 to 18 with concerns regarding developmental delays, learning disorders/academic achievement, and associated behavior challenges.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically supported treatment for preschool children (ages 2-7) with disruptive behavior. PCIT emphasizes changing the parent- child interactions to improve the nature of the parent/child relationship. Parents who participate in PCIT with their children are taught specific skills to develop a strong, positive relationship with their child while increasing the child's prosocial behavior and reducing the child's undesirable behaviors. PCIT also has been shown to be an effective treatment for children age 4 to 12 with a history of physical abuse or neglect and their families and children with prenatal substance exposure. 

The staff at the PCIT Training Center are among the best in their field, with advanced degrees and years of experience. They are leaders in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and serve on related national and international boards and committees. Each staff member has extensive experience in delivering high quality therapeutic services to children, adolescents and families impacted by behavioral and emotional difficulties.
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) offers training in PCIT for community based therapists. The training covers all the skills for conducting PCIT including Child Directed Interaction, the Parent Directed Interaction, coding (using Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System) and coaching.

Contact us for more information at:

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Child Study Center
1100 N.E. 13th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-5700
or you may email Andrew Mellon


Selective Mutism

Established in 2017, the program continued to build in its 4th year. It is the only treatment program in the region that that offers an intensive behavioral treatment program, Mighty Mouth Kids Camp, for young children with Selective Mutism. In 2019, the intensive program offered services to 18 families from three states. The 11 day period of 5 days of camp and 6 days of pre-work preparation before camp resulted in over 200 direct clinical hours. Camp was attended by 19 campers, ages 4-10 and their parents participated in 8 hours of training as well. To achieve results, the program recruited and trained 23 staff volunteers that included members of the Child Study Center, graduate students from Allied Health in speech and language pathology, as well as graduate students from the clinical program at OSU. Faculty members included are Drs. Funderburk and Shawler from the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics section, Mona Ryan from Allied Health and Lucia Ciciolla from OSU. In addition to the strong interdisciplinary and inter-university programming vital to camp, Shawna Standiford, M.Ed directs Selective Mutism assessment and services to individual families throughout the year.

For more information please contact Andrew Mellon via email or call (405) 271-5700.

Specialized Assessment/Neuropsychology

This clinic provides psychological evaluations on children ages 5 and older for a variety of presenting problems including Autism, ADHD, emotional/behavioral disturbances, intellectual disability, and learning disabilities. Clinic also provides neuropsychological evaluations to children and adolescents with neurologic, genetic, and more complex medical conditions.

Problematic Sexual Behavior Treatment Programs

The Problematic Sexual Behavior Programs serve children and adolescents ages 3-18 and their caregivers through group and/or family therapy. These programs are research informed treatments for children and adolescents who have demonstrated inappropriate or problematic sexual behavior. Teenagers may be involved in the juvenile justice system for illegal sexual behavior. Therapy includes safety planning and when warranted addresses reunification sessions. We offer three programs designed to target specific age groups to best meet the needs of children and families. Caregivers are required to participate in services with their youth. Evidence supports caregiver involvement as the strongest predictor of behavior change in youth.

We offer three age-specific treatment programs to tailor the therapy services to your youth’s unique developmental needs:

  • Preschool Program (ages 3 to 6) - This program is approximately 13 sessions in duration. This program is a closed group, which means all families begin and end treatment together. Treatment helps to eliminate or reduce problematic sexual behavior. Group sessions are scheduled on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, approximately four times a year.
  • School Age Program (ages 7 to 12) - This program is approximately 18 to 22 sessions in duration. This program is an open group, which means families may access services any time during the year. Group sessions are scheduled on Mondays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.
  • Adolescent Program (ages 13 to 18) - This program is approximately 12 months in duration and serves youth court-ordered or who have court oversight for illegal sexual behavior. It is an open group, which means families may access services any time during the year. Groups take place Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm.
Cost of Services:
Treatment related services, in most cases, are provided at no cost to families through established contracts with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Juvenile Bureau, Office of Juvenile Affairs and the Victims of Crime Act. If for any reason, treatment services for a child or adolescent are not covered under one or more these contracts, you will be told before an assessment is scheduled and the coordinator will discuss the fees for service.
Location of Services 
Services are provided at:
Child Study Center
1100 N.E. 13th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-5700

To schedule an initial evaluation, contact our clinical coordinator:

Cara Fraley 405-271-5700 extension 30723

Telehealth services are available.


For more information about children and/or adolescents with problematic sexual behavior, please visit the National Center for the Sexual Behavior of Youth at www.NCSBY.orgInformation relevant for children impacted by problematic sexual behaviors by other children is available at the National Child Traumatic Stress Network at