All of us at Abilities United congratulate our Board President, Dr. Heidi Feldman on receiving this prestigious award.  
AAP press release
NEW ORLEANS Heidi M Feldman, MD PhD, FAAP, of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford University received the C. Anderson Aldrich Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, La., October 20-23, 2012.
The annual award recognizes achievement in the field of child development. This award is named for Dr. C. Anderson Aldrich, one of the founders of the AAP, whose greatest contributions were in the modern practice of infant feeding. Dr. Aldrich and his wife Mary co-authored a book entitled Babies are Human Beings in which he urged flexible schedules for feeding, sleeping and toileting.  In 1944, Dr. Aldrich founded the Rochester Child Health Institute in Rochester, Minnesota, devoted to research on the development of infants and children and to a program of delivering childcare to an entire community.
Dr. Feldman holds the Ballinger-Swindells Endowed Professorship of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and serves as the Medical Director of the Mary L Johnson Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Clinical Programs at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  She was on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh for 22 years before moving to Stanford University in 2006.  Her research interests focus on language development in children with medical and neurological conditions that put language learning at risk. She is currently combining neural imaging techniques and behavioral measures to understand language, cognition, and reading outcomes of children born preterm.  She has published over 120 articles and chapters. She has demonstrated that deaf children of hearing parents who are not exposed to sign language create a manual system to communicate with others.  She has demonstrated the resilience of language after unilateral brain injury.  As part of a large team, she documented that placement of tympanostomy tubes for chronic ear infections does not improve developmental outcomes in speech, language, thinking skills or reading. 
Dr. Feldman has won awards for her teaching, recognizing her creativity in organizing courses for undergraduates and interdisciplinary professional students and her enthusiasm in educating medical students.  She was one of the editors of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Fourth Edition, the premier text in the field. 
Dr. Feldman has held several leadership roles at the national level: Past president of SDBP and subsequently co-Chair of the Membership Committee; Program Chair of the Section of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and a member of the Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics; chair of the Sub-Board for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics of the American Board of Pediatrics.
She is also a dedicated yoga enthusiast and yoga teacher who has offered inclusive yoga classes to children.

The AAP is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well- being of the nation’s infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

Submitted by Wendy Kuehnl, Marketing Director, Abilities United