As the great Dr. Seuss wrote, “Oh, the places you'll go!” At The Georgia Center for Autism and Developmental Pediatrics (GCADP), our mission is to help your child get there.
We’re a family-centered medical practice providing comprehensive Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric (DBP) medical care for children, teens and their family members.
Our founder, Dr. Mark Moncino is a board-certified pediatrician who understands developmental issues impact the entire family, not just the individual child. His mission is to develop a comprehensive plan that helps the child—and the whole family—as the child grows, continues to develop…and thrive!
We provide medical evaluations*, diagnosis and evidence-based medical treatment for:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) or concerns regarding the core symptoms of ADD/ADHD (hyperactivity, inattention, distraction, impulsivity, and lack of follow-through),regardless of age,or previous or underlying medical or behavioral health diagnosis
Complicated toilet-training issues, enuresis (bedwetting), and encopresis (soiling)
Anxiety, adjustment disorders and depression
Learning disorders, including dyslexia and other school-related challenges
Regulatory disorders, such as feeding problems or sleep disorders
Speech and language delays
Tics, Tourette syndrome and other habit disorders
All forms of challenging behaviors in school-aged children and teens,manifested as irritability, anger, aggression, lowfrustration tolerance or problem behaviors,and discipline difficulties that result either in-home disruptions or a drop in school performance
Preschool disruptive behaviors or dysregulated emotionalstates,manifested as hyperactivity or short attention span, excessive running or climbing, or impulsive or risk-taking behavior of lack of follow-through and aggressive behaviors
*As a physician, a medical doctor, Dr. Moncino does not perform neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluations, nor speech, occupational, physical or feeding therapy evaluations. If he believes these are important,he will provide referrals or suggestions to help connect you to those providers and integrate their recommendations into your child’s comprehensive treatment plan.
Based on your child's evaluation results, we develop individualized parent coaching/training to help you master the keys to unlock your child's full potential—and brighter future.
We believe that if you’ve seen one child with developmental differences…you’ve seen one child with developmental differences. We understand—and appreciate—that each child’s blend of strengths and weaknesses is unique and that all children share the need to be loved, understood, valued and supported.
Central to Dr. Moncino’s philosophy is that all children “do well if they can.”
Every child wants to succeed: every child wants to earn the A, hit the home run or score the goal, or master the piano or clarinet, and all want to make their parents proud. Each child deserves to have a voice. Accordingly, Dr. Moncino’s treatment plans focus on building on your child’s strengths and accommodating weaknesses to achieve the most productive, accomplished and happy life possible.
Using best practices from the business model of change management, Dr. Moncino meets children at their current developmental level, guiding them (and you) to adapt to changes in small increments toward the goals you and Dr. Moncino have agreed on as part of your child’s individual treatment plan. And here’s the key: incremental changes over time lead to success. Just like compound interest yields a far larger payout in the long run, your child can accomplish amazing things over time, based on the carefully considered changes you and Dr. Moncino are working on with your child today. His goal is to always look forward to how he can help your child grow, develop and succeed, not just tomorrow, but in 5 and 10 and … 15 years from now.
Behavioral change is hard and slow, but it can happen! Dr. Moncino looks forward to working with you and your son or daughter along this journey.
Our Role on Your Child’s Team
When you have a child with developmental challenges, the best thing you can do is surround him or her with a team of experts—a primary care physician for routine medical care (immunizations, routine medical treatment, emergency care), a specialist physician for developmental medical concerns (that’s us!) and, if needed, various therapists to help implement your child’s treatment plan.
Some academic programs (for example, University-based programs), may house several members of a multidisciplinary team in one location. Given various insurance contracts, this is not feasible, and given the distances that parents drive from the various stretches of Atlanta, this is not realistic. Dr. Moncino works as the “head” or “lead” of your child’s virtual DBP team – working collaboratively with your child’s Pediatrician who is the “head” of your child’s medical home, various contracted therapists, and school personnel. He calls on their expertise in their fields, synthesizes their recommendations and helps you understand the best options for your child based on the collective input.
This ensures your child is accurately diagnosed and is receiving coordinated, evidence-based medical support. This collaborative, multidisciplinary team approach will ensure the best potential future for your child.
We passionately believe that—with the right care and support--every child with developmental challenges can reach his or her full potential!
About Dr. Moncino
What differentiates Dr. Moncino is that he cares for the entire family, not just your child. And it’s personal. Dr. Moncino and his wife have two children with ADD and dyslexia, and at the tender age of 45, Dr. Moncino realized that he, too, has dyslexia. That’s why taking care of kids, teens and young adults with developmental challenges—in a family-centered, supportive way—is a passion that hits close to home.
So, first and foremost, Dr. Moncino is committed to cultivating a close relationship with you and your family. He views his role as partnering with parents to address the challenges that get in the way of their child’s success. Dr. Moncino’s view is that central to developing solutions and plans to address your child’s needs is his responsibility to assist parents to fully understand their essential role in advocating for and helping their child. He approaches patient care as a long term relationship, not a business transaction.
He’s also a staunch advocate for evidence-based medicine and the critical need for managing the overall care of the child, not just need answering the question at hand, or for that matter, prescribing a medication. Dr. Moncino firmly believes that managing care is about much more than prescribing.
And Dr. Moncino has long been an advocate of telemedicine: medical care provided for established patients, when appropriate, through video conferencing, phone visits, email and texts. While virtual care will never replace the hands-on care of face-to-face visits, it can/does supplement it.
In short, Dr. Moncino established GCADP to give your child the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
Welcome to GCADP. Dr. Moncino will take good care of your family.