Children can develop emotional problems due to a number of reasons, such as school performance, peer relations, and home relations. What many think could be a “stage” could turn into counterproductive, disruptive, or even dangerous behavior. Our extensive team at Children’s Hospital of Clinical Psychologists, Pediatric Psychologists, and Pediatric Neuropsychologists provide diagnostic interviews with parents and children, psychological evaluations, and informing conferences.
A referral is required to make an appointment with Pediatric Psychology.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- ADHD- typically comorbid with an emotional- behavioral disorder
- Learning Disability
- Intellectual Disability
- Behavioral- Emotional problems secondary to a medical diagnosis
- Genetic Disorders
Your Child's First Visit
Upon your child’s first visit to our office, we complete a primary assessment, which includes…
- Diagnostic interviews with parents and/or children
- Psychological evaluations, which includes observations, objective and subjective measures along with data collected from parents and children.
- Informing conferences
The children seen typically have a complex presentation of medical, developmental, and emotional/behavioral components that require intensive assessment. Many children have limited or no verbal communication. Other children present with behavioral or other (e.g., physical) challenges that have interfered with previous efforts to evaluate the child. Often, the children have been evaluated by other professionals but referred to us, needing further clarification/assistance in diagnosis. For many children, previous interventions have not been effective or it is suspected that additional factors are impacting the child’s presentation.
The assessment methods used by psychologists in developmental-behavioral pediatrics may include:
- Structured and unstructured interviews
- Structured and unstructured observation, particularly with children who are young or nonverbal. (e.g., play, functional analysis)
- Autism specific measures
- Emotional and behavioral measures: completed by parents, children, and teachers: paper, pencil interview
- Developmental /Intellectual measures: often necessary to clarify diagnostic status (e.g., often we need to know the child’s developmental levels in order to appropriately understand the child’s emotional/behavioral presentation.)
- Adaptive measures and academic functioning measures
Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program
This program is designed to serve youths ages 5 to 17 who are unable to be managed in an outpatient setting. The emotional, physical, and educational needs of each patient are assessed and treated. The goal of the hospitalization is stabilization. A large component to the treatment involves family therapy and involvement.
Children’s Residential Treatment Program
Our Children’s Residential Program provides 22 beds for residential treatment for children ages 6 to 12 years. During the length of stay, care is coordinated and delivered by a dedicated team of professionals including a psychiatrist, nurses, behavioral therapists, residence counselors, teachers and therapists aides.
This program has a school located onsite and provides education in a therapeutic setting. Our program also offers a strong family treatment component in order to coordinate care with the transition home. The average length of stay is 9 to 12 months.