Comprehensive Services for Developmental Delays offered by The Children's Hospital Assessment and Treatment Team (CHATT)

Infants, children and adolescents who are experiencing developmental delays can find supportive, comprehensive evaluation and treatment through The Children’s Hospital Assessment and Treatment Team (CHATT), at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The medical staff also offers diagnosis and treatment in its Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Diagnostic Center.

The multidisciplinary team provides care for babies and youngsters who have difficulty with:

  • motor activities
  • communication
  • learning
  • staying focused
  • forming social relationships

“Our entire team is focused on helping children of all ages with complex developmental and behavioral needs,” says Barbara Caspi, Ph.D., program coordinator, psychologist and a New Jersey Certified School Psychologist.

CHATT is also a resource for primary care physicians, high risk follow-up program, case managers, care coordinators, day training centers, child study teams and other community providers requiring assistance in the assessment and management of these children.

Benefits of CHATT

Vinod Goyal, M.D. an experienced developmental pediatrician provides evaluation and treatment for patients. Dr. Goyal is the Medical Director of CHATT and has been a consultant for developmental and behavioral pediatrics to several area hospitals, Early Intervention Programs and school systems.

The multidisciplinary team also consists of nurses, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers and nutritionists. This team approach also enables C.H.A.T.T. to evaluate the child in an efficient manner in just two or three sessions.

Children should be evaluated if they are having difficulty with:

  • Speaking to or understanding others
  • Learning to read, write or remember information
  • Running, walking or getting dressed
  • Family or peer relationships
  • Controlling impulsive or overactive behavior

A comprehensive individualized plan for treatment is created and shared with the parents. Treatment options include referrals to community resources, outpatient programs and school-based programs. Counseling for parents and children is also provided. Most insurance is accepted.

Our Team

Barbara Caspi, Ph.D.

Barbara Caspi, Ph.D., Coordinator of the program, is a psychologist licensed in the State of New Jersey and a New Jersey Certified School Psychologist. After working with children with learning problems in the public school system, Dr. Caspi became intrigued with the opportunity to evaluate cognitive development at early ages and took the position with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (N.I.C.U.) when the High Risk Follow-up Program was established in 1976. Dr. Caspi consulted to Early Intervention Programs, which offers team treatment to infants age zero to three and has also helped develop a program for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed preschoolers, the Therapeutic Learning Center at Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. This is now also an after-school program. She contributed to curriculum development for preschoolers with emotional delays or problems and has mentored graduate student studies on infant and child emotional development. In CHATT, Dr. Caspi again enjoys working with a multi-disciplinary team to help children of all ages with complex developmental and behavioral needs.

Our team also includes clinical and school psychologists, a social worker, a speech therapist and an occupational therapist.

For More Information

CHATT is located at 201 Lyons Avenue, The Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Please call for your appointment at (973) 926-4544.

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