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.


Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Orlando

1717 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32806
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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 healthy, confident, happy, and well-behaved child. But sometimes, even with your best intentions, your child may lose their way and begin to struggle. At Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Orlando, our child behavior experts specialize in finding the causes of your child’s problems, and finding effective solutions to help your child – and your family cope.

Every day, your child is presented with challenges and disruptions – it’s normal. But when ordinary stress and struggles become overwhelming, your child’s behavior may change, and can lead to other emotional and behavioral disorders. 

Whether it’s dealing with the stresses of a chronic medical illness, or struggling to fit in, our behavioral health team can help your child learn to cope with life’s struggles. We offer support, guidance, and compassion to help improve your child’s outlook and attitude.

Experts on Your Child’s Team
Our team of mental health experts includes:
  • 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. 
  • Psychiatrist: also called pediatric psychiatrist, can be a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine with advanced training in preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental illness. In addition to psychotherapy, a child psychiatrist may prescribe medication therapy when necessary.
  • 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.
  • Mental health counselor: a skilled, licensed professional who provides 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 the 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 teacher, 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
  • education
  • emotions
  • family
  • genetics
  • physical
  • social
  • spiritual or 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:
  • autism spectrum disorders, ranging from mild to severe
  • learning disabilities
  • attention problems, ADHD
  • anxiety
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • depression
  • developmental delay 
  • 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 be overwhelming 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
  • sickle cell disease
  • cardiac conditions