Special ArticleTelehealth in Developmental-Behavioral PediatricsSoares, Neelkamal S. MD*; Langkamp, Diane L. MD, MPH†Author Information *David Geffen School of Medicine, Mattel Children's Hospital at University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA †Division of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH, and the Department of Pediatrics, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH. Address for reprints: Neelkamal S. Soares, MD, 300 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 3300, Los Angeles, CA 90095; e-mail: email@example.com. Disclosure: The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Received March , 2012 Accepted July , 2012 Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics: October 2012 - Volume 33 - Issue 8 - p 656-665 doi: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e3182690741 Buy SDC Metrics Abstract Abstract: Developmental-behavioral pediatrics (DBP) is recognized as one of the fields with the greatest shortages of pediatric subspecialists. Families who access care often must travel great distances to tertiary academic medical centers or endure long waiting lists. While the shortages are likely to persist due to limited provider availability and an increasing number of children with developmental and behavioral disorders being identified, our field must look to innovative ways to reduce the barriers to access. One such way is telehealth, the use of videoconferencing to deliver DBP services to underserved populations. We aim to describe the practical uses of telehealth for the delivery of diagnostic and management clinical services in a variety of settings and for the additional educational and research benefits of the modality. We will highlight the obstacles to setting up a successful DBP telehealth practice and direct readers to resources to address these in their communities. Most of all, we will demonstrate the benefit to families and children, practitioners, and health care systems of supplementing traditional in-person DBP services with telehealth modalities to enhance outreach and engagement with communities. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.