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 and why they might face challenges at home or school. Then we help them find healthy ways to cope, so they can feel and be their very best.

Specialties we work with

Our program is growing, and we treat more children than ever before. Currently, we help families by providing 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.

What do pediatric psychologists do?

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

What do pediatric neuropsychologists do?

Neuropsychologists do a lot of the same things as psychologists, but they’re more focused on how nervous system conditions impact your child. For instance, some brain and spine conditions can present thinking, learning and behavioral challenges in kids.

Our neuropsychologists have experience treating children with a variety of neurological conditions. These include brain injuries, brain tumors and genetic conditions, as well as epilepsy and other seizure disorders. We evaluate your child and offer treatment recommendations to help them reach their full potential at home, at school and throughout life.

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 medical care team. Your pediatric psychologist works closely with your child's other doctors. We keep them up to date on your child’s progress, so together, we can adjust treatment in ways that help them physically, cognitively and emotionally.
  • Connected to other specialists. Sometimes children with severe illnesses or neurological conditions need an extra layer of 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.