We are a mobile clinic offering developmental and behavioral pediatric consultative services to help you ensure your child meets their wonderful potential.
Learn more about the
Developmental Journey and the positive impact it can make on your child’s life...
meet Dr. Noël mensah-bonsu
What is a Board Certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician (DBP)?
The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) is recognized throughout the world as an organization that certifies a high level of physician competence and standard of care for children and adolescents. Board-Certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians are medical doctors who have completed 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, 3 years of residency training in pediatrics and an additional 3 years of subspecialty training in developmental and behavior. They consider the medical as well as psychosocial and environmental components of your child or adolescent’s behavior and learning differences.
In Dr. Noël’s case, she has completed 15 years of post-high school education on her journey to this field, giving her the training and expertise to evaluate and care for your child.
the journey begins
with the first step...
Why see a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician like Dr. Noël?
You might consider having your child seen if you or your child’s primary care provider has concerns that they are not developing, learning or behaving like other children their age. Sometimes children are referred through early intervention, or by a therapist or teacher. To be clear, differences are not bad, but sometimes exceptional children are more challenging to parent and teach new skills. Some potential differences we evaluate and diagnose include:
A Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician will spend time listening to you and your concerns, hearing about your child’s developmental milestones to understand their rate and style of learning. She will interact with your child, evaluate, and observe your child to understand their strengths/weaknesses to help you best parent and educate them. Everyone is complex, and while each child is on a journey of learning and adventure, this is also the case for parenting!
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what to expect on your child’s first visit
PART 1: EVALUATION- 120 MIN (FOR PARENTS AND CHILD)
•We will discuss your concerns, review your new patient consultation packet as well as any other testing, therapy, psychological reports or IEP documentation provided.
•Dr. Noël will interact with, play with and observe your child.
•Your child will have a neurodevelopmental evaluation, encompassing social/emotional, communication, cognitive, adaptive, fine motor, and gross motor as well as any standardized tests specific to your area of concern.
•You may be asked to complete standardized behavioral rating scales depending on your concerns.
PART 2: FEEDBACK SESSION 30-60 MINUTES (FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS)
•Findings and diagnoses from part one of the evaluation will be explained and discussed; questions answered.
•Treatment and therapy recommendations and referrals will be provided.
•A written summary of your child’s developmental-behavioral evaluation and recommendations will be provided.
Follow-up appointments are individualized to your needs
Follow-up visits are not always necessary, thus frequency varies and is specific to the needs of each child and family.
Health Insurance Information
We are an out-of-network provider, thus accept no insurance plans.
Payment can be made via cash, check or credit card.
we provide open communication with our
patients, parents and caregivers.
Do you prescribe medications?
The Developmental Journey does not prescribe medications. We believe in using the most natural, holistic approach to treatment of developmental-behavioral difficulties, however, if Dr. Noël believes that medication may positively complement therapies and interventions, she will provide referral to another provider.
All aspects of your child are evaluated, including birth, home life, social interactions, medications, sleep, nutrition, feeding, behaviors, and school life.
it is a privilege to treat
we look forward to being part of your child’s journey
Dr. Noël is a Texas transplant. She grew up south of Seattle and completed her undergraduate training at Washington State University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She went on to pursue her medical training at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Noël then completed her Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at the University of Chicago, followed by practicing as a General Pediatrician and Pediatric Hospitalist for 8 years. During this time time she was an Assistant Pediatric Program Director and then the Pediatric Clerkship Director at The University of Chicago and Inova Children’s Hospital, respectively. When her first child needed to see a Developmental – Behavioral Pediatrician in 2013, the wait list was 18 months long, so she decided to pursue her own training. She and her family moved to the suburbs of Houston, TX to complete an additional three-year training program in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. After fellowship training, she spent time directing the Pediatric Resident Rotation and was the Fellowship Program Director at Texas Children’s Hospital, where she continues to oversee fellows in clinic.
Noël Mensah-Bonsu, MD, is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both General Pediatrics and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Section of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (SODBP) and the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP), where she is the Education Committee Co-Chair. In 2022, she felt strongly about customizing care for her patients and founded The Developmental Journey, PLLC.
Dr. Noël is passionate about parenting, understanding childrens’ strengths and weaknesses and working to ensure each child meets their developmental potential. She approaches every patient and family individually, with thoughtful attention to all the factors working to influence a child’s behavior and development, including interpersonal, genetic, sociocultural, and environmental factors. She adores children and enthusiastically encourages families in the care of their exceptional child(ren) to improve her patients’ quality of life, happiness and success.
Outside of this RV adventure, Dr. Noël loves to cook, bake, garden, travel, read post-apocalyptic novels and explore new places with her family. She is God’s girl, and her love language is good food.