Mission, Philosophy and History
Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics is founded on the premise that early identification, intervention and treatment are key to maximizing potential and preventing major challenges throughout a child’s life. We also know that children often have multiple issues and diagnoses. That is why we offer an interdisciplinary approach that unites all areas—science, medicine, therapy and education—to treat the problems and injuries that affect a child’s development. In addition, we offer a wide spectrum of care, including outpatient, day treatment, community and home-based programs.
- Provide a safe and nurturing environment for all children
- Promote personal growth (self-discipline, self-esteem and self-knowledge)
- Foster a climate that promotes social values such as responsibility and respect for others
- Challenge children with individualized achievement standards and community programs that will enable them to progress at their own pace, encourage them to strive for excellence, facilitate self-help skills and foster independence
- Encourage strong family involvement in the life and treatment of the child
- Establish and maintain partnerships between Keystone, client families and the community at large
- Extend learning beyond the Keystone walls by exposing children to resources within the community
- Provide advocacy, educational, psychological and health-related services for children and families
- Explore and celebrate individual differences and contributions
Our commitment extends to creating a positive, professional environment for our staff so that they can work cooperatively toward achieving Keystone’s goals. Keystone understands the difference its staff can make in the lives of children. Keystone provides a unique opportunity for individuals to become highly-skilled and experienced therapists and teachers through its specialized professional development model.
Our goal is to continue to strategically grow to provide the best service for increasing numbers of children and their parents/caregivers. Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics was founded in 2008 to serve children with developmental disabilities, emotional disorders and behavioral disorders.
Keystone started as a small clinic with four employees and has grown to more than 130 employees. We opened Keystone Academy in 2010 as an educational environment for children, ages 2-22, with special needs. The academy became it own private nonprofit school named Mainspring Academy in 2015 and continues to serve students with special needs in Pre-k through Grade 12.
In 2013, Keystone Child Development Center was opened to serve younger children, both typically developing and with special needs, in inclusive classrooms. The center today serves children from 3 months through kindergarten in small classes – 2:12 teacher-to-student ratio – designed to meet each child’s specific learning style and needs. Before- and after-school services are offered as well.
Keystone recently expanded to a second location providing outpatient, in-home, applied behavior analysis (ABA) services to children living in Okaloosa and Walton counties in the Florida Panhandle. Eventually, in-patient clinic therapeutic services for a range of behavioral, developmental, socio-emotional and learning issues will also be offered.