The Children’s Wellness & Developmental Center is a unique center offering a variety of services and treatment approaches that cater to your child’s specific needs. Our services are designed to help you understand what your child’s individual needs may be. All our providers are experienced and experts in their respective fields.

What makes our practice unique?

At the Children’s Wellness & Developmental Center we  strongly believe looking at the underlying medical issues and getting to the root cause, rather than medicating the symptoms. Which leads to overall well-being and lasting health. We use an Integrative approach by utilizing Traditional Medicine, Holistic Treatments, Biomedical Treatments,  Complementary and Alternative Treatments, Dietary interventions and Nutritional supplements.


We pride ourselves in taking the time to listen to all your needs and treat the whole person, not just a diagnosis. We will walk this journey with you and your family by guiding and educating you to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Who do we see?

We Diagnose, Evaluate and Treat Children and Adolescents with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (PDD/NOS, Autism, Asperger’s)
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, ADD)
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
  • Developmental Delays
  • Sensory processing difficulties
  • Regulatory disorders including sleep disorders, feeding problems, discipline
    difficulties, toilet-training issues
  • Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Depression, Emotional Self-Dysregulation
  • Speech and Language disorders
  • Gastrointestinal concerns including chronic constipation, diarrhea, gut dysbiosis, reflux
  • Nutritional Deficiencies, Food intolerances/sensitivities, Picky eaters
  • Allergies and Eczema

Integrative Medicine Assessment

Your first consultative appointment will be 60-90 minutes. Getting to the ROOT cause of their symptoms requires detective work. This will be done through a comprehensive assessment, looking at current symptoms/behaviors, past health history, biomarkers, blood work and advanced specialty testing. We will take a close look at the child’s diet, food sensitivities, gut health, genetics and nutritional biomarkers to determine what their imbalances may be.

We use a variety of testing options such as:

-Blood work through Quest and LabCorp.

-Advanced Diagnostic testing including but not limited to Urine Organic Acid Test (OAT), IgG Food Allergy Testing, Comprehensive Stool Testing, Amino Acid Profile, Genesight/ Genomind testing, Genetic testing including MTHFR.

Your initial follow-up appointment will include a review of all test results, nutritional counseling, and a comprehensive individual treatment plan. If needed your child’s dietary plan and recommendations will be discussed with our experienced Board Certified Nutrition Specialist, Who will develop a bio-individual dietary plan for your child to ensure they are eating a well-balanced diet for a healthy lifestyle. Our Board Certified Nutrition Specialist will inspire you to take the necessary steps to help your child feel better, by guiding and educating you every step of the way. Nutritional follow-ups will be discussed with our experienced Board Certified Nutrition Specialist based on the child’s needs.

Medication management: If your child is on medication and it is not working for them, we will work closely with you to determine what the right course of treatment will be. By addressing the underlying causes of their behaviors, and getting to the root cause, we will manage the medication and make changes as needed.

Developmental Assessment

Your appointment will be 60-90 minutes. This appointment will include developmental testing, comprehensive medical assessment and individual recommendations for the child. We will assist you with, letters for a Child Study Team Evaluation, Referral for Early Intervention, Referral for Neuropsychological Evaluations, Referral for Occupational Therapy/ Sensory Integration Therapy, Speech Therapy, Behavioral therapy, ABA therapy and more if needed.

-Developmental testing can include but not limited to an ADOS, STAT, KBIT-2, various Rating Scales and more.

We are happy to offer a variety of treatment approaches to help you understand all your child’s needs. Our trained staff will answer any questions to help you determine your best treatment approach

Nutritional Counseling

Based on your individual needs our experienced Board Certified Nutrition Specialist, Kate Hope,  will take the time to listen to all your concerns and develop a plan based on your bio-individual needs. Whether you need a specific diet, individual meal planning, wellness and lifestyle counseling, weight management techniques, sports nutrition management, have food sensitivities, or just need guidance in eating a well-balanced diet for a healthy life style, our experienced Board Certified Nutrition Specialist can help you make sense of what your brain and body needs to thrive.

Kate is an expert in her field, she treats children as well as adults and prides herself on treating the whole family.

Therapeutic and Specialty diets include gluten-free, casein free, soy free (GF/CF/SF), dairy-free, sugar-free, Feingold, FODMAP, low oxalate, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), GAPS, elimination diets and more….

Kate uses a variety of Advanced Diagnostic Testing  based on your individual needs, including: IgE food allergy testing, IgG food sensitivity testing, ONE ( Optimal Nutritional Evaluation), Amino Acid Profile and more.

Individual Therapy

Carianne D’Oriano is our experienced therapist, who will provide individual and family counseling for children, adolescents, adults  and families in a 50-minute therapy session.

Carianne will use a wide range of approaches depending on your family and child/teen’s individual needs. She is an expert in her field specializing in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychotherapy,Social Skills, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. For children with ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Behavioral Difficulties, Coping Difficulties, Difficulties with Emotional Self-regulation and Parent Training.

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Office Hours

Monday 11am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 11am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 2pm

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Children’s Wellness & Developmental Center
2006 State Highway 71 Suite 4
Spring Lake Hts, NJ 07762 Monmouth County
T: 732.919.1335
F: 732-782-0353

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