Department of Pediatrics

Division of Developmental Pediatrics

a developmental pediatric with a family

Division's Overview

The Division of Developmental Pediatrics will achieve excellence in developmental pediatric services that is a benchmark for best practice nationally and internationally.

It will provide children with developmental and behavioral disorders and their families with high quality family – centered care aiming at maximizing independence and community participation.

It will conduct high quality education, training and innovative research, which is clinically relevant.

The values of innovation, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence will be embedded in every level of our practice within a continuum of care.


Operational Model

The Division of Developmental Pediatrics in Sidra will be a multidisciplinary division that utilizes the knowledge and skills of many professionals (physicians, AHP, nurses, psychologists etc.) as well as those who are not in the medical field, but rather involved in the education of children and young people. Unlike, the typical “medical” model of care, child development aims to assess the level of functioning of a child and how best to facilitate that child to develop to his or her maximum potential.

The Division will have dedicated Physicians and Nurse Practitioners, and input from the Allied Health Professionals from the Family Centred Services Nursing and Allied Health Branch Department at Sidra. It would be desirable that this group of AHPs became, in time, fully dedicated to the DDP.

Apart from assessment and diagnosis, the multidisciplinary team will also provide clear recommendations and practical intervention, individually or in groups.Some children necessitating more intensive and specialized programs may initially need to attend the Special Intervention Programs already operational at the CDC in Rumailah Hospital

Apart from its Multidisciplinary work, the DDP will also reach out and establish working links with partners in other health and educational organizations.

Efforts will be made to work closely and jointly with Primary and Secondary Care, as well as private referrers, to improve the quality and accuracy of referrals and facilitate their understanding of the work developed within the DDP.

Many children seen with developmental/ behavioral disorders do not have a disease process or illness. Nonetheless, their disorders are long term and they require many appointments and years of follow up as their conditions may change, as they grow older.

Intervention cannot be provided solely in the DDP, but will have to continue at home and at school. To achieve this continuum of care, links will also be established with the Special Needs Department in the Supreme Council of Education and Social Care Services.


Division's Services

Service Goals

  • To provide assessment and diagnosis of children’s developmental /neurological difficulties and to discuss the implications of these with families.
  • To respond to questions raised by parents and local professionals.
  • To provide specialist multidisciplinary assessments.
  • To make recommendations for the management of a child’s needs and appropriate intervention.
  • To liaise effectively with other relevant medical, educational and social care services.
  • To encourage continued professional development for the Division Staff and provide training for trainee Paediatric staff.
  • To participate in research in areas relevant to Neurodisability services.


Main Services

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Language Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Other Genetic Disorders
  • Congenital Idiopathic Microcephaly
  • Sensory Impairments
Sidra outpatient clinic location map

“Patients and family members, if you are visiting the Sidra Outpatient Clinic, please follow the directions provided in this map for accurate directions. We ensure this map is always current and updated with any changes in routes.”

The Department of Pediatric Medicine will ensure compliance with the standards set by the Sidra Quality Department and the directives of the Supreme Council of Health for the wait times and the length of stay (LOS). The directives from the Supreme Council of Health currently require that all patients seen in outpatient clinics be attended to within the 30 minutes of their appointment. Length of stay targets will be set by each division in the Department of Pediatric.


Operating Hours

Sunday - Thursday07:00 am - 03:00 pm

Erin Ruth Valentine

Clinical Psychologist

Nahed Alateeqi

Senior Attending Physician

Maria Fatima Janjua

Division Chief - Developmental Pediatrics

Publications by the division

Events and Activities

Jan 2018

Functional Genomics 2

Jan 9, 2018 - Jan 11, 2018 at 7:30 am - 5:00 pm