A child psychologist or a child psychiatrist is a mental health expert with advanced training in helping children and teens with emotional and behavioral problems. Nemours’ pediatric psychology and psychiatry health team provides outpatient consultation to young people dealing with the stress of a chronic medical condition, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. We also provide consultation for children admitted for medical and/or surgical care who may also be experiencing emotional and/or mental health issues. (Please note: We are not an inpatient psychiatric treatment facility for children or teens.)
Nemours’ pediatric mental health experts have advanced training in helping children and teens with emotional and behavioral problems. Most locations also offer pediatric neuropsychology services — which looks at how medical conditions can affect thinking. To ensure your child gets the high quality of care and support needed, our pediatric psychology and psychiatry team partners with other providers and agencies in your community.
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As a parent, your goal is to nurture, support, and care for your child’s mental and physical development. You want your child to grow up healthy, strong, and confident. But sometimes even with your best efforts, your child may still struggle. At Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, our pediatric psychology and psychiatry team is specially trained to help children and their families cope with life's struggles.
Children and teens face mounting pressures at school, home, with friends and even with the stress of dealing with a chronic medical illness. Sometimes these pressures can lead to emotional and behavioral problems in children. Whether your child is dealing with a chronic medical illness, experiencing anxiety or depression, or is having behavior problems, our pediatric psychiatrists and behavioral health specialists can help. We’ll develop practical solutions that work best for your child and your family.
Please note: We are not an inpatient psychiatric treatment facility for children or teens.
Our team of mental and behavioral health experts includes:
- Child psychologist (also called pediatric psychologist): is a licensed mental health professional with a doctorate degree, and who specialize in the study of childhood development as it relates to behaviors and emotions. While they don’t prescribe medications, they can help monitor the effects of medication therapy on your child.
- Child psychiatrist (also called pediatric psychiatrist): is a medical doctor with advanced training in preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental illness. In addition to psychotherapy, a child psychiatrist may prescribe medication therapy when necessary.
- Neuropsychologists: are mental health professionals with a doctorate degree, specializing in studying how the brain affects your child’s action and thought.
- Advanced nurse practitioners (ARNP): nurses with specialized training in the therapy and medication management of children and teens with mental health issues.
When your child is referred to our pediatric psychology and psychiatry team for outpatient services, we’ll gather information from a comprehensive assessment, similar to an interview with you and your child. This information helps a pediatric psychiatrist or psychologist caring for your child understand the issues your child is experiencing, and to make an accurate diagnosis. From this information, we’ll develop a treatment plan for your child.
The treatment plan considers a number of factors, including:
- cognitive development – the way your child thinks, speaks, remembers
- physical and language development
- educational level
- emotional functioning
- family composition and support
- genetic conditions, if any
- physical health and functioning
- social support and skill
- cultural background
- family mental and medical health history
We care for children and teens referred to us for a variety of emotional, psychological, and behavioral concerns. In an outpatient setting, we offer individual and family therapy, medication therapy, and behavior modification.
Some disorders we treat in children and teens include:
- autism spectrum disorders: ranging from mild to severe, including Asperger
- attention problems: ADHD
- depression and mood disorders
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- developmental disabilities
- adjustment issues related to a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or with difficulties following a medical treatment plan
- enuresis (bed-wetting) and encopresis (involuntary passage of stool in toilet-trained children)
- eating disorders
The Nemours pediatric psychology and psychiatry health team provides consultation for children admitted for medical and/or surgical care who may also be experiencing emotional and/or mental health issues.
Feeling sick a lot can be overwhelming for children – not to mention being admitted to the hospital. Your child may feel depressed or anxious about upcoming procedures, even confused about treatment for a medical condition. We’ll work with your child’s medical care team, providing consultation and education about the relationship between physical illness and psychological distress.
Some of the medical conditions we can help provide consultation and treatment with include:
- gastrointestinal disorders
- eating disorders
- sickle cell disease
- feeding disorders
- cardiac conditions
- stress management
This specialized clinic is designed to help families and children from birth to age 6, who show signs of a wide-range of developmental and behavioral concerns such as:
- parent-child conflict
- sleep problems
- toileting concerns
- daycare difficulties
- noncompliance with ADHD
- sibling rivalry
Our Parent and Child Conduct Clinic offers parents of children diagnosed with ADHD, better insight about the condition, including how to address common behavioral concerns related to ADHD.
Also, children diagnosed with ADHD attend a social skills class to learn how to relate and interact with peers, as well as to learn self-control skills.
Our Pediatric Psychiatric Consultation Clinic offers pediatricians the opportunity to refer children and teens for consultation appointments with one of our psychiatrists. During this appointment, one of our pediatric psychiatrists will develop a treatment plan just for your child, and your child’s primary care doctor will provide the follow-up medication therapy.
The Division of Behavioral Health also offers other clinical programs such as:
- Outpatient psychotherapy for children and adolescents followed by medical specialists at the Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
- Inpatient psychiatric and psychological consultation (for children already admitted with other conditions who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, etc.)
- Psychological testing for ADHD, autism, emotional concerns, and behavioral issues
- Multidisciplinary diabetes group
- Pain management group
- Social skills groups for children and teens with high-functioning autism disorders