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In November, while reading the first accounts of the association between the Zika virus and congenital microcephaly, I immediately thought of Sir Norman McAlister Gregg. And while thinking of Dr. Gregg and all that’s happened since he made his important observation in 1941, I hoped that we could learn from our past. In the spring Read More

Doctor writing notes about child

Many people recall precisely where they were and what they were doing when a shocking event took place. Time seems to stop as if to allow us the opportunity to process the unthinkable, and the details appear clearly, as if on a screen in your mind. Two weeks ago I experienced such a moment, when the Read More

Toddler pointing while standing in playground

After 25 years as a developmental pediatrician, I think I have earned the right to claim a favorite developmental milestone. Certainly, the first smiles of a two- to three-month-old are quite special, the first signs of “life” so to speak. Of course, first steps and then the first words really grab the spotlight, warranting phone Read More

Wooden box overflowing with toys

As I have been known to say on this blog once or twice before, one of my favorite things about being a developmental pediatrician at Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center is the opportunity to follow the children I see for initial diagnostic evaluation over the long term. New research presented at Read More

Mother and daughter with doctor in the physician's office

Editors’ Note: Last week, Einstein neurodevelopmental pediatrician Lisa Shulman wrote about the tough experience of telling parents their child has autism. The news is often life-altering. This week, Dr. Shulman shares how the attitudes and priorities of parents change over time. I am fortunate as a clinician to have the opportunity to follow long term Read More

Doctor consults a young couple

Some things don’t get easier with time and experience. Telling parents that their young child has autism is one of those things. Even after nearly 25 years as a developmental pediatrician specializing in the early diagnosis of autism, sharing that news with a family remains one of the toughest tasks I face. A variety of Read More