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San Diego Kids First



Deborah Pontillo, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist,

Child Development, Behavior, and Learning Specialist

CA PSY# 18934


Welcome to San Diego Kids First, a highly specialized pediatric psychology practice committed to maximizing the developmental, social, emotional, behavioral, and academic potential of children.

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Dr. Pontillo's practice focuses exclusively on the needs of children, adolescents, and their families. We offer:



Dr. Pontillo provides a one of a kind parenting support and education class for parents of bright kids who are diagnosed with mild autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Pontillo is passionate that you are your child's best teacher, advocate, and support person. Her program provides the education and support you need to have the information and energy to be your best self and bring out the strengths of your child so they aren't known by their diagnosis. Watch this video today to learn more about your bright child with ASD and find out why parent education and knowledge is the key to your child's long-term success.
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