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The Section of Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine is home to The Riley Child Development Center (RCDC), providing interdisciplinary diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of children from infancy to adulthood that have known or suspected developmental delays, behavior and/or learning problems and stressful life situations.

Services are provided in a variety of center-based and community-based settings and the Riley Child Development Center is housed at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis, IN. An annual average of over 2,000 children with neurodevelopmental conditions are seen in this intensive interdisciplinary clinic. Children who receive interdisciplinary services live throughout Indiana. Because children come from a wide variety of communities, the RCDC requests a physician referral to ensure a medical home for all children and a local resource to assist the family with any additional medical and social needs.

The Riley Child Developmental Center is part of a national network of training programs that provide intensive interdisciplinary assessment services funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The center’s mission is to support the independence, productivity and integration into the community of all citizens across the lifespan with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities.

The Section of Child Development priorities include:

  • Clinical services - The RCDC Clinic provides evaluation and assessment of learning, behavioral and other developmental questions such as autism, communication disorders, cognitive abilities, ADHD, learning disabilities, etc. Families are provided with resources and recommendations geared to their specific needs.

  • LEND Training – The RCDC training program includes the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program which provides long-term, graduate-level interdisciplinary training in tandem with exemplary services and care. The goal of the LEND training program is to improve the health of infants, children and adolescents with disabilities by preparing trainees from diverse professional disciplines to function at a high level of interdisciplinary clinical competence and to be ready to assume leadership roles in their respective fields. For more information about the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Training Program see LEND.

  • Workshops and Conferences – The Section of Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine conducts training workshops and conferences for practitioners seeking specific skills and competence in their field of practice in the areas of neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders. Workshops and conferences also include components that are useful for families seeking skills and ideas to support their children with developmental disabilities. .