Dr. David Laman founded DE after more than 20 years of working with children and adolescents who were experiencing all sorts of developmental, emotional, and behavioral issues. His desire was to develop behavioral health services that were truly built around the needs of children and families. All too often, children are treated as though they are mini-adults. Nothing could be further from the truth. Children and adolescents are continually developing physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, etc.