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Alan M. Davick, M.D.


As a Johns Hopkins trained Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician with 40 years experience, I have focused on distinguishing underlying willful, poor choice-making (like Oppositional-Defiant Disorder)from innate "conditions" masquerading as willful misbehavior (like ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Epilepsy and "Behavioral" Seizures). Though I cannot act as a formal medical or psychiatric consultant, I will answer queries with generic information and suggestions for discussion readers may direct to their own professional advisers, including physicians, psychologists and educators.

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I trained at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Pediatrics, Child Psychiatry and Behavioral-Developmental Pediatrics. Thereafter, I've continuously practiced Behavioral-Developmental Pediatrics and have taught the principles mentioned above to parents, colleagues and professional groups.


American Academy of Pediatrics SW Florida Sportsman's Association Florida Writers Association


First Travel Meds - 1987; Managing Misbehavior in Kids: The Mis/Kidding Process; Bullying: Rarely Travels Alone; Discipline Your Child (without going to jail); AD(H)D: What Every Parent Needs to Know


Undergraduate - NY University WSC Arts & Science, NYC 1959-63 - B.A. Medical Degree- State University of NY, Upstate Med Ctr, Syracuse 1963-67 - M.D. Internship/Residency - Johns Hopkins Hosp/University - Baltimore, MD 1967-70 Major, US Army Medical Corps, Chief Pediatric Section, Savannah, GA - 1970-72 Sp. Fellow, Dept Child Psychiatry - Johns Hopkins Hospital/University - 1972-73 Practicing Behavioral-Developmental Pediatrician, lecturer, author - to date Currently practicing Child Psychiatry - SalusCareFlorida, Fort Myers, FL.

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2016-06-28 Lying:

Julie;    Lying is one of several "survival" skills all humans use in daily life. In general, the strategy is used to protect or preserve self-esteem, defend against real or perceived threats from others

2016-06-08 What should?:

The first of your questions - people asking about Japanese heritage - indicates a degree of oversensitivity to the questioning of others. Life is filled with encounters of folks who display insensitivity

2016-06-06 Can you teach a three year old child?:

Some 3 year old children have learned to read and write English. Success depends upon their motivation, their intellectual capabilities and their ability to focus. If a 3 year old is immersed in an environment

2016-06-03 challenging behaviour:

Sharon;    My apologies for not responding sooner...having local weather issues in FL.    Children with complex behavioral symptoms like those you describe may have several underlying disturbances at play

2015-11-06 If a 12 year old girl is scared:

Dear Info;    The behavior you describe could be due to many factors, including a child with limited intellectual ability, certain personality disorders, history of abuse or neglect, defiance of parental


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