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 and inpatient services to young people dealing with the stress of a chronic medical condition, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.
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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- medical and pharmacy insurance cards
- preferred pharmacy name and phone number
- names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
- guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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As a parent, caring for your child’s mental and physical well-being is what you do best. But sometimes even with the best of efforts, the stresses of just being a kid can be overwhelming. At Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Fleming Island, our pediatric psychology and psychiatry team is specially trained to help children and their families cope with life's struggles.
We offer children and teens, individual and family therapy to help address a variety of mental, physical and emotional issues your child may be experiencing. From helping your child cope with the stress of a chronic illness, to promoting healthy behaviors, our goal is to provide effective solutions to improve your child’s outlook and attitude.
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 specializes 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. counseling, and medication management.
When your child is referred to our pediatric psychology and psychiatry team 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.
Also, we'll ask that you, your child's teacher(s), school and others who may have daily interaction with your child, complete screening questionnaires.
From the information we gather, we'll develop a treatment plan for your child considering a variety of aspects such as:
- cognitive – the way your child thinks, speaks, remembers
Our focus is finding solutions to help your child and your family. We offer individual and family therapy, medication therapy, and or behavior modification therapy to address a wide spectrum of mental health and behavioral disorders from coping with a chronic illness to promoting healthy behaviors.
Our experts provide outpatient consultation, as well as inpatient care at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, one of the many health providers we partner with to extend our care.
Also, we’ll work with your child’s teachers, school, and community providers, including other Nemours specialists your child may see, to develop a treatment plan just for your child.
Some of the psychological and behavioral disorders we treat in children and teens include:
- autism spectrum disorders: ranging from mild to severe, including Asperger
- learning disabilities
- attention problems, ADHD
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- developmental disabilities
- adjustment issues related to a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or with difficulties following a medical treatment plan
- somatoform disorders: characterized by physical symptoms that cause physical illness or injury
- enuresis (bed-wetting) and encopresis (involuntary passage of stool in toilet-trained children)
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