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.

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Learn More About Behavioral Health in Children

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.

Lake Mary

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Lake Mary

3300 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 100
Lake Mary, FL 32746
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Phone: (407) 650-7455

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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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, your goal is to raise a confident, healthy, respectful, and well-behaved child. But, even with parents’ best efforts, some kids struggle with daily challenges, which can lead to emotional and behavioral disorders. At Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Lake Mary, our child behavior specialists can help your child and your family. We can identify the causes of your child’s behavior problems and offer solutions to help your child cope.

Whether it’s helping children and teens referred to us deal with the stresses of a chronic medical condition or just trying to fit in, we offer a variety of treatment options including:

  • individual, play, and family therapy
  • medication therapy
  • behavioral modification

Experts on Your Child’s Team
Our team of mental health experts includes:
  • Psychiatrists: also called pediatric psychiatrist, medical doctors with advanced training in preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental illness. In addition to psychotherapy, a child psychiatrist may prescribe medication therapy when necessary.
  • Mental health counselors: skilled licensed professionals who provide psychotherapy support along with problem-solving strategies to produce favorable resolutions.
Diagnosing Behavioral Disorders in Children

When your child is referred to us, we’ll gather information from a comprehensive assessment, similar to an interview, with you and your child. This information helps a child behavior specialist 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 teachers, school, and others who may have daily interaction with your child, complete screening questionnaires. From this information, we’ll develop a treatment plan for your child considering a variety of aspects such as:

  • cognition, the way your child thinks, speaks, remembers
  • development
  • educational
  • emotions
  • family
  • genetics
  • physical
  • social
  • spiritual/religious
Treating Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Children and Teens

We care for children and teens referred to us for a variety of emotional, psychological, and behavioral disorders. Treatment includes outpatient consultation, individual and family therapy, play therapy, medication therapy, and behavior modification.

Some disorders we treat in children and teens include:  
  • learning disabilities
  • attention problems, ADHD
  • health-related behavioral and emotional problems after a chronic medical diagnosis
  • developmental delay
  • anxiety
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • depression
  • adjustments to a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or with difficulties following a medical treatment plan
Coping With a Chronic Medical Condition and Hospital Stays

Feeling sick a lot can bring up a wide-range of feelings for children, not to mention being admitted to the hospital and being away from home. 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:   
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • asthma
  • gastrointestinal disorders
  • cardiac or heart problems