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Developmental Disabilities

Programs + Services


Center for Children with Special Needs

The Center for Children with Special Needs works with infants, children and adolescents who have developmental, behavioral and emotional issues that interfere with their growth, learning and family or social functioning.
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Neurology

Find the expertise your child needs from top pediatric neurologists at Floating Hospital in Boston, offering quality care for diseases of the nervous system.
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Autism and Developmental Disability Services

Autism Services at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston provides expert consultations and treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.
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Doctors + Care Team

Monica H. Ultmann, MD

Monica H. Ultmann, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics; Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-5621

Developmental disabilities, autism, literacy

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Anthony Rodrigues, MD, PHD

Anthony Rodrigues, MD, PHD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Pediatric Neurologist
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-8375

General neurology with special interest in pain syndromes (headaches, migraines, CRPS, etc.)

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Christina Sakai, MD

Christina Sakai, MD

Title(s): Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician; Assistant Professor, TUSM
Department(s): Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Pediatric Inpatient Specialists
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Developmental behavioral pediatrics, pediatric hospital medicine, pediatric inpatient care

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Ellen C. Perrin, MD

Ellen C. Perrin, MD

Title(s): Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-5621

Developmental-behavioral pediatrics, family functioning, chronic health problems, children in non-traditional families

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Erik von Hahn, MD

Erik von Hahn, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-5621

Working collaboratively with schools, the interface between the health care system and the educational system

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Hope E. Schreiber, PsyD, ABPP/CN

Hope E. Schreiber, PsyD, ABPP/CN

Title(s): Neuropsychologist/Psychologist; Director, Neuropsychology Program; Director, College Learning Disorders/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Program; Associate Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5774
Fax #: 617-636-4852

Neurodevelopmental disorders in children, adolescents and adults including autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, LD and genetic disorders, neuropsychological consequences of medical and metabolic disorders, transplant patients, dementias and other neurodegenerative disorders, sports-related head injury, infectious disease (HIV, Lyme, etc.), psychiatric disorders and complex differential diagnosis

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John N. Gaitanis, MD

John N. Gaitanis, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Chief, Pediatric Neurology
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-8375

Pediatric brain malformations, epilepsy

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Ju Tang, MD, PhD

Ju Tang, MD, PhD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Program and Pediatric EEG Laboratory; Pediatric Neurologist; Epileptologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-8375

Epilepsy, pediatric neurology

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Karen J. Miller, MD

Karen J. Miller, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician; Director of Training; Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-5621

Developmental-behavioral pediatrics, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities

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Laurel K. Leslie, MD, MPH

Laurel K. Leslie, MD, MPH

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine Professor of Community Medicine and Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine; Director, Learning, Education, and Attention in Pediatrics (LEAP) Clinic; Director, Program on Innovations in Pediatric Policy & Practice, ICRHPS; Director, Aligning Researchers and Communities for Health, Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Department(s): Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, The Center for Health Solutions, Program on Innovations in Pediatric Policy & Practice
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-5621

Identification and treatment of pediatric mental health and developmental disorders

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Sheryl Levy, MD

Sheryl Levy, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-5621

Evaluation and ongoing care for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavior management, executive function

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Research + Clinical Trials


A Salivary Transcriptomic Approach to Drug Discovery for Neonatal Seizures

Neonatal seizures have developmentally unique and heterogeneous disease mechanisms that differ from epilepsies seen in older populations. Anti-seizure drug discovery has had limited success over the decades to improve treatment of neonatal seizures. A knowledge gap exists in the molecular mechanisms responsible for neonatal seizures, limiting anti-seizure therapeutic targets unique to this population. Our study goal is to identify unique molecular networks and pathways responsible for neonatal seizures by salivary gene expression analyses, so that we may identify novel drug therapies to improve outcomes in this vulnerable population.
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Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children have high quality care.

Quality + Safety

A world-class pediatric teaching hospital shouldn’t make you and your child feel small.  At Floating Hospital for Children our littlest patients are our biggest priority. This means we’re committed to providing the highest quality of care in a safe, friendly environment.

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A child in the pediatric emergency department at Floating Hospital for Children.

Floating Ranks With the Best

The Leapfrog Group gave Floating Hospital for Children and Tufts Medical Center an “A” rating for outstanding patient safety in 2014.

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Floating Hospital for Children has a strong history of innovation.

A Fresh Breath of Air

Floating Hospital for Children began its life as a hospital ship in the Boston Harbor in 1894 before coming onshore permanently in 1931.

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