- Understanding the typical behavior and development of the child from birth through adolescence, across all of the developmental domains, and including normal variations.
- Understanding when deviations from the normal or typical are significant.
- Understanding the primary pediatrician's role in managing common, "typical" developmental and behavioral issues, as well as in assessing and managing "atypical" conditions, and his/her role as an advocate for these children.
- Provide counseling to parents about behaviors/milestones that a child is currently exhibiting, and anticipatory guidance about expected behaviors or milestones at the child's next developmental level.
- Develop competence in performing developmental screening evaluations with the Denver II, and other standardized screening instruments.
- Acquire an understanding of the various subspecialists, (medical), and developmental professionals, (nonmedical), which exist and have expertise in working with children who have developmental/behavioral dysfunction, and how and when to refer to these individuals.
- Develop an awareness of community, school, and governmental resources which exist to help children with developmental disabilities, and their families, and how to access these resources.
- Acquiring a basic knowledge of some of the major areas of atypical development, such as mental retardation, speech and language disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, cerebral palsy, attention deficit disorder, other severe behavior disorders, (conduct disorder, oppositional/defiant disorder), and learning disabilities/school failure.
- Understanding some of the more common presentations of difficult behaviors, such as feeding and sleep problems, temper tantrums, school phobia, refusal to do homework, problems with toilet training, encopresis, enuresis, and habit disorders such as thumb-sucking and trichotillomania.