We understand that a child's development and behavior happen first and foremost in the context of the family. We seek to understand the development of the child through the family's eyes so as to learn the effect these difficulties have on the entire family. We work closely with the schools, preschools, and other agencies involved with the child's developmental care and education so as to help advocate for your child's needs.
We strongly feel that a team approach is the best way to accomplish our goals of helping children to be healthy, happy and successful.
The evaluation is usually conducted by a team of people including a developmental pediatrician and medical social worker. We feel that a team approach enables us to better address questions in all areas of your child's development, growth, medical needs, medication management as well as community services and resources. In addition, working as a team helps us between visits to coordinate with other specialists including doctors, therapists and schools as needed.
Our Team for evaluation consists of a Nurse/Social Worker and a Developmental Pediatrician.
We also have a behavioral therapist, occupational therapist, and a nutritionist
that we may also include into the evaluation process.
I LESLIE RUBIN, MD,
Received his Medical Degree and Pediatric Training (with a Neurology elective) at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa
Did fellowship training at Case Western, Cleveland Ohio in Neonatology and Care of the Handicapped Child
Has been working with children with developmental disabilities for the past 40 years
He was at Children’s Hospital in Boston and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School in the field of Developmental Disabilities from 1980-1994
Was co-founder with Dr. Ludwik Szymanski of the first interdisciplinary Autism Program at Children’s Hospital in 1989 called the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
Was on the Board of the League School of Boston for Children with Autism 1987-1994,
Was the first Medical Director of the Marcus Center in Atlanta from1994-1998 where he started the interdisciplinary Autism Clinic and continued to work at the Marcus Center on a part time basis until 2004
He started the Interdisciplinary Autism Program at Hughes Spalding Children Hospital in 2002 and continues as Director seeing over 500 new patients and almost 2,000 follow up patients a year
He started Developmental Pediatric Specialists in 2004 providing diagnostic and referral services with coordination of care for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in the greater Atlanta area
He cofounded the Chattanooga Autism Center in 2009 and worked there until 2011
He was the Chair of the Georgia Autism Panning Initiative and then the Implementation Project from 2011-2016
He received the Excellence in Autism award from the Georgia Exposition in 2016
Since 2003 he is co-presenter at an Annual 14-hour Lecture Series on Autism, ADHD and Related Developmental Disabilities: Biological and Environmental Perspectives
He has published several books on developmental disabilities most recently Healthcare for People with Developmental Disabilities across the Lifespan, Springer 2016 and received the Robert E Cooke Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the field of Developmental Disabilities
He initiated the Annual Education and Leadership Program Break the Cycle of Children’s Environmental Health Disparities in 2004, now entering its 15th year, with over 100 student publications and 10 books receiving the EPA Award of Excellence in Children’s Environmental Health and the F Edwards Rushton Award for Commitment to Community Pediatrics from the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2018
His interest in children’s health disparities resulted in the formation of a working group, Break the Cycle of Autism Disparities, with a focus on disparities in diagnosis and services for low income minority families that has already had presentations at a number of conferences including the International Society for Autism Research in Montreal Canada in May 2019, 2 publications are in process
SUSAN CARNEY, RN, LMSW
Dr. Rubin sees patients at Developmental Pediatric Specialists on Mondays and Thursdays.
To schedule appointments please contact our office during normal business hours.
Evaluation appointments generally last approximately 2 hours. We try to keep our wait time for evaluation appointments to a minimum as we understand that early intervention and detection is the key to a child's developmental success.
Follow up appointments may last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the complexity of the visit.
Our office requires a 48 hour notice for appointment cancellations. With each appointment lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours or more, it is necessary for us to bill for missed appointments due to the loss of time to the provider.
Our practice does not participate with or file claims with any insurance plans, both private and/or Medicaid. Full payment is required for all services at the time that the services are rendered. We accept cash, checks, Visa, or MasterCard. We will provide you with the forms needed for you to submit any payments you make to your insurance company for any possible reimbursement.
Charges are based on the time required to best evaluate and help your child. This includes both time spent with your child and services provided by consulting with other professionals involved in your child's care, reviewing reports and/or preparing documentation on your child's behalf.
Susan graduated from Emory University's Nell Hodgson School of Nursing with a BSN, and University of Georgia's School of Social Work with an MSW.
She has accumulated a broad range of experiences over the past 17 years and began her nursing career in Public Health serving both children and adults. While working with the EPSDT (Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment) program performing routine physical and developmental assessments, she developed an interest in pediatrics, particularly in the area of pediatric developmental disabilities. Within the population generally served by public health clinics, services for children with developmental delays and disabilities were scarce and difficult to access. It was this realization that led Susan to pursue an MSW with a curriculum focused on servicing individuals with developmental disabilities. While in graduate school, Susan completed an internship at The Marcus Institute, where she became acquainted with Dr. Rubin, then Medical Director at the Institute.
After graduate school, she took a position as Service Coordinator with Fulton County Children's Medical Services, working with children with a broad range of developmental disabilities and chronic medical conditions, and their families. Through CMSs involvement with Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital Cerebral Palsy Clinic, she had the opportunity to work with Dr. Rubin, leading to their present affiliation. Susan joined The Rubin Center for Autism in 2004.
Susan engages each family from a strengths perspective, focusing on each individual child's and each family's unique strengths. Her goal is to assist parents in recognizing their child's strengths and challenges, and to help them develop to their full potential, regardless of their challenges.