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All kids deserve the chance to feel like kids. For children with medically complex conditions, it’s not always easy. Atrium Health Levine Children’s can include a pediatric psychologist on your child’s care team for each step of the journey. For example, a pediatric psychologist can work to understand how your child is feeling emotionally – this can help them find healthy ways to cope and feel like themselves as much as possible.

Specialties we work with

Our program is growing, and we treat more children than ever before. Currently, we help families by providing emotional support for children who may have one of these conditions:

Soon, we’ll also offer psychological support to even more pediatric patients with a variety of other conditions.

How we can help

Our pediatric psychologists help children with severe and medically complex conditions cope with things like:

  • Difficulty taking medication or refusing medication
  • Emotional withdrawal
  • Falling grades or other changes in school performance
  • Grief and loss
  • Mood or behavior changes
  • Problems with siblings, friends or peers
  • Stress from medical procedures

Benefits of our pediatric psychology services

Mental health and physical health go hand-in-hand. Here are a few ways children with medical conditions benefit from our psychology services:

  • Long-term care. We help your child at every step of their journey, whether they’re worried about their treatment or have trouble in school once they’re out of the hospital.
  • Part of your child’s care team. Your pediatric psychologist is a part of your child’s medical team and works closely with their doctors. We keep them up to date on your child’s mental health, so together, we can adjust treatment in ways that help them both physically and emotionally.
  • Connected to other specialists. Sometimes children with severe illnesses need an extra layer of mental health support during and after treatment. We help identify those times and connect your family to other specialists, like pediatric neuropsychologists and psychiatrists.
  • Decreased hospital admissions. By teaching your child healthy ways to cope with their emotions, including while receiving medical care, we can improve their overall health and keep them out of the hospital for longer periods of time.
  • Convenient, private appointments. To make sure your child gets the emotional support they need in a convenient way, their visits with their pediatric psychologist are private and can be scheduled around the same time as their other doctors’ visits.
  • Support for siblings. Your child’s medical condition affects every member of your family, which is why we extend our counseling services to siblings, too.

Learn more about our pediatric psychology services.

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