Behavioral Health

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Whining, temper tantrums, power struggles, inattention, fear/anxiety and more. At Nemours, our behavioral health experts can help you identify the root causes of your child’s behavior and offer solutions to help your child — and your family — see a better tomorrow.

Having a child with a chronic or acute medical condition can be stressful. At Nemours, our behavioral health experts work closely with our medical specialists to provide integrated and coordinated care to support you and your child in managing challenges associated with illness and injury.

All services may not be available at all locations.

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There are many factors that can contribute to child behavioral and emotional problems. Whether these problems stem from dealing with the stresses of a chronic medical illness, a learning disability or peer pressure, we know how to treat behavioral and emotional disorders in children and teens.

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando

13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Clinic Location: 5th Floor

For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • 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, you nurture and care for your child’s emotional and physical well-being. But sometimes even with the best of efforts, your child may still struggle with life’s challenges. At Nemours Children’s Hospital (NCH), our behavioral health specialists can help you identify the causes of your child’s problems and offer solutions to help your child — and your family — see a better tomorrow.

Every day your child is presented with challenges and disruptions and that’s normal. But when ordinary stress becomes overwhelming, your child’s behavior may change, which can lead to other problems. Whether your child is dealing with the stresses of a chronic medical illness, experiencing anxiety or depression, or having behavior problems, our behavioral health specialists can help.

Experts on Your Child's Team
Your child’s team of mental health experts includes:
  • Psychologists: also called pediatric psychologists, are licensed mental health professionals with doctorate degrees. Psychologists provide consultation, evaluation, and psychotherapy to address a wide-range of behavioral, emotional, and social concerns.
  • Psychiatrists: also called pediatric psychiatrists, are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating emotional and behavioral disorders in children and teens, and their families. Child psychiatrists use an integrative approach to treatment, including medication therapy if needed.
  • Behavioral health specialty nurses: are pediatric registered nurses who provide clinical support to our child’s psychiatrists and psychologists. These specialty nurses act as a liaison between you and your child’s doctor, and may facilitate prescription refills.
  • Mental health counselors: skilled licensed professionals who provide psychotherapy support along with problem-solving strategies to produce favorable resolutions.
  • Social worker: a licensed clinical professional who helps children and their families solve and cope with problems. They may diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.
Diagnosing Behavioral Disorders in Children

When your child is referred to us, we’ll gather information from a comprehensive assessment interview with you and your child. We may also ask you, your child’s teacher, and others who may have daily interaction with your child, to complete screening questionnaires. This information helps the child behavior provider understand the issues your child is experiencing and to make an accurate diagnosis.

From this information, we’ll develop a treatment plan that 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 and religious background
  • family mental and medical health history
Treating Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Children and Teens

Children sometimes get overwhelmed when they don’t feel well, particularly when they’re admitted to the hospital. Your child may feel depressed or anxious about upcoming procedures or 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.

We work with children, teens, and families both through inpatient care and outpatient consultation.

Some of the medical conditions we provide consultation and treatment for include:
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • asthma
  • cancer
  • gastrointestinal (GI) disorders
  • sickle cell disease
  • feeding disorders
  • cardiac conditions
Coping With Chronic Illness, Pain and Hospital Stays

Children and teens are referred to us for a variety of emotional, psychological, and behavioral concerns. Treatment can include outpatient consultation and therapy services like individual, family, and group therapy and/or medication therapy.

Some disorders we treat in children and teens include:
  • adjustment issues related to a chronic medical condition: diabetes, cancer, sickle cell disease, gastrointestinal (GI) conditions
  • difficulty following medical treatment plans related to a chronic medical condition
  • stress management
  • pain management
  • autism spectrum disorders, ranging from mild to severe, including Asperger’s Syndrome
  • attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • disruptive behavior problems
  • depression and mood disorders
  • anxiety
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • developmental disabilities
  • enuresis (bedwetting) and encopresis (bowel accidents in toilet-trained children)

We also provide pain management therapies for children and families experiencing with pain from illness, injury or surgery.

Brighter Days to Come

The new Nemours Children’s Hospital was designed by families, for families, which means that even the smallest details were kid-tested and approved by moms and dads just like you. We thought of everything to brighten your day and to make your child’s visit comfortable, including:

  • outdoor healing and discovery gardens
  • interior spaces illuminated with natural sunlight
  • cozy cubbies carved into the walls for reading or relaxing
  • engaging, interactive learning games to keep children busy
  • family-centered care, services, and resources
If Your Child Needs to Stay Overnight in Our Hospital

You’ll feel right at home in our patient's rooms designed with input from families who know what it’s like to have a child in the hospital.

Our large, comfortable, single-patient rooms have sleeping accommodations for two parents, a private bathroom, wireless internet access, connections for DVD players and game systems, and two flat-screen TVs.

Other in-room features include:
  • full floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light
  • refrigerator for family meals and snacks
  • wardrobe storage for personal items and a hotel-style safe
  • GetWellNetwork interactive television (uniquely based on your child’s age, medical condition and more) and allows your child to watch TV, surf the Web, check e-mail, play music and games, and learn about your Nemours health care team.

Our “hospital within a garden” setting features many places for you and your family to go for fresh air and relaxation, including a one-acre interactive sensory discovery garden or one of our rooftop gardens on the second and fourth floors.

We have many more comforts and amenities such as:
  • complimentary valet and parking
  • kid-friendly commons areas for siblings
  • café and coffee shop
  • nondenominational chapel

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Advanced Pediatric Medical Imaging Services Available Onsite

If your child needs medical imaging, we offer some of the area’s most advanced pediatric radiology services here on campus at Nemours
Children’s Hospital.

Our unique services include:
  • interventional radiology: Our team of experts uses image guidance to diagnose and treat diseases and tumors throughout the body. Certain conditions that previously required open surgery can now be treated by Nemours pediatric interventional radiologists. Nemours also offers the only dual-trained pediatric diagnostic and interventional radiologists in the state, including those based at Nemours Children's Hospital.
  • neuroradiological or cardiovascular imaging, and fetal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): Our subspecialty-trained pediatric radiologists see children with complex conditions who require this highly specialized imaging.
  • Central Florida’s only 256-slice Brilliance iCT Scanner: We are one of only a handful of children’s hospitals in the country to have this latest generation CAT (or CT) scanner that scans faster than most machines and produces excellent images in a much shorter time with much less radiation exposure for the child.

Our team of board-certified pediatric radiologists and pediatric radiologic technologists are experts in the safe medical imaging of children of every age, even newborns.

We have also pledged our commitment to the “Image Gently” campaign of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which is increasing awareness of the opportunities to promote radiation protection in the imaging of children.

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Family-Centered Care Means We're Here for You

At Nemours, we want to hear your concerns and share with you everything we can about your child's condition and treatment. If English is not your first language, we'll make sure you understand what to expect — in your language.

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