The staff at Penn State Hershey Pediatric Behavior and Development offers care for children with developmental delays and behavioral disorders. We offer evaluations to children with:

  • Speech delay
  • Global developmental delay
  • Suspected autism
  • Attention problems
  • Head trauma

Many children are followed over time to ensure they are making expected progress and advise families regarding therapies and educational interventions. Behavioral management is provided for common challenges such as sleep problems and toileting concerns. A written report containing recommendations for intervention, medication treatment, when appropriate, and behavior management strategies is provided to every family and the referring physician.


To make an appointment please call 717-531-8414.

Every patient needs to have a physician referral before an appointment can be scheduled. Once a referral is received, we will mail you an intake packet that must be completed and returned before an appointment can be scheduled.

This information will be reviewed prior to your first appointment with the physician. You are welcome to either fax or mail the completed paperwork back to our office.

Penn State Children's Hospital
Developmental Pediatric Program

P.O. Box 850, MC H085
Hershey, PA  17033-0850
717-531-8414 - Phone
717-531-0276 - Fax

We ask that you submit all forms along with any previous testing your child might have had. This includes but is not limited to school, intermediate unit or early intervention evaluation reports, speech and language testing, neuropsychological testing, occupational therapy testing, vision or hearing testing and achievement testing, either privately or through the school system.

Developmental Section:

Rehabilitation Section:



  • Asperger Syndrome Books for Children/Teens - Asperger's Huh?: A Child's Perspective by Rosina Schnurr. This book is geared towards children ages 6-12 and is written from the perspective of an 11 year old child. It is a 50 page book, so it is manageable for young children, but the information is valuable for all ages.
  • Cats Have Aspeger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopmann. This picture book with captions is heartwarming, has a nice message, and is easy for young children to understand, but is not intended to be a technical guide to autism.
  • Asperger Syndrome: An Owner's Manual - What You, Your Parents and Your Teachers Need to Know: An Interactive Guide and Workbook by Ellen Korin. This interactive workbook provides opportunities for self reflection and insight into the ways that Asperger Syndrome may be affecting the child's life in different ways.
  • Asperger's…What Does It Mean To Me?: Structured Teaching Ideas for Home and School by Catherine Faherty. This workbook has sections for children, parents, and teachers. The book will provide insight into your child's mind, and make him/her more self-aware, learning what autism means in relation to crucial areas of his/her life: friendships, fears, abilities, and much more.
  • Freaks, Geeks, And Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson. This Consumer-oriented narrative is written by a 13-year-old-boy with Asperger Syndrome. Draws upon personal experiences and family members to inform the general public about living the adolescent years with this condition.
  • Different Like Me by Jennifer Elder (about famous people with AS)
  • Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian by John Elder Robison (very positive book by a man with as)
  •  Asperger Syndrome Books for Parents - A Guide to Asperger Syndrome by Christopher Gillberg. This book provides an information full overview of autism. It is intended for a wide readership, including those affected, their families, and clinicians working with children, adolescents, and adults with Asperger Syndrome.
  • Asperger Syndrome by Sarah Sparrow. This book covers the clinical and research aspects of Asperger Syndrome.
  • A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive by Geraldine Dawson et. al. This book offers practical problem solving ideas, real-life stories, and useful strategies to help children with AS interact more comfortably with siblings and peers and understand the rules of appropriate behavior. It also discusses crucial topics such as talking to teens about sexuality and dating, coping with the challenges of high school and college, and crafting a plan for a fulfilling career
  • Getting the Best for Your Child with Autism by Bryna Siegel, PhD. This easy to read book has very nice practical information for families raising a child with autism.


  • Freeing your Child from Anxiety: Powerful Practical Solutions to Overcome your Child's Fears, Worries and Phobias by Tamar E. Chansky
  • What to do When you Worry Too Much: A Kids Guide to Overcoming Anxiety: What do to Guides for Kids by Dawn Heubner and Bonnie Matthews,
  • Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children, 2nd edition by Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D.


  • Treating Eating Problems by K. Williams
  • 1-2-3 Magic by Dr. Thomas Phelan
  • SOS: Help for Parents by Lynn Clark
  • How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk by Adele Faber
  • The Explosive Child by Ross Greene, Ph.D.
  • The ADD Answer Book by Susan Ashley


  • The Late Talker by M. Agin
  • Speaking of Apraxia by L. Lindsay








Developmental Pediatric Program
Penn State Children's Hospital
P.O. Box 850, MC H085
Hershey, PA  17033-0850

Phone: 717-531-8414
Fax: 717-531-0276