Like kindergartners, 40-year-olds know who they are even if they don’t know exactly where they are going. They are competent, yet are really just beginning their journey. They know how to learn from those who came before them, and they will need to teach those who will follow them.

Can an AAP section turn 40 and still be in its infancy?

As the AAP Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics marks its 40th anniversary at the Annual Meeting this month, it looks back on its accomplishments and toward the future, which promises many more achievements.

Developmental-behavioral pediatrics (DBP) is the newest specialty to be recognized with a board, but it is hardly a new field.

AAP Fellows and section members have created and promoted changes that have improved the lives of children and families dramatically. Many of these changes are the result of political advocacy and social/psychological research rather than...

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