Our Pediatric Psychologists act as integral team members with the following medical teams at Nationwide Children's Hospital:
Psychology consults with the medical team in clinic to address emotional and behavioral issues related to this chronic condition. Patients are provided with referrals for ongoing psychological care when needed.
The pediatric psychologist provides comprehensive evaluation prior to surgery as well as meets with patients at their clinic visits to provide psychological support before and after surgery. Interventions mainly address coping/adjustment, regimen adherence, and motivation/barriers to behavior change.
The clinic is staffed by a pediatric GI nurse practitioner and psychology. The clinic is considered an evaluation and treatment program, so each patient is seen by both disciplines at every visit so that medications and behavioral plans can be adjusted as needed, and treatment progress monitored over time.
Burn Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic that addresses issues related to wound healing, mobility, and psychological adjustment. In the clinic setting, psychology provides interventions to minimize procedural distress, assessment of trauma symptoms, and recommendations to improve behavioral adjustment.
Pediatric psychology works with the youth and their families on relaxation training, cognitive behavioral strategies, and skill building for coping with chronic illness.
Psychological services center on developmental, behavioral, and psychological screenings, referrals for counseling and/or psychoeducational or neuropsychological evaluation, and brief interventions for coping and complementary pain management skills.
Patients are provided with an introduction to relaxation training/biofeedback by the psychologist. Depending on their interest, patients participate in relaxation training during the visit. Psychology consults with the medical team to provide referrals for ongoing psychological care and services when needed.
The pediatric psychologist meets with patients monthly to assess progress, promote health behavior change, and address emotional/behavioral difficulties.
The psychologist assesses the survivor and the family during their annual clinic visit and assists the family in obtaining necessary services in the community when needed.
Psychological services focus on teaching specific pain management and stress management skills to patients, and providing family counseling to support optimal functioning.
In addition to providing families and youth with ongoing education regarding the diagnosis and best practices in treatment, the psychologist assists with access to community-based interventions and school reintegration planning.
The role of psychology is to evaluate current coping and adjustment with a focus on emotional functioning, behavior and school reentry and to provide clinical recommendations and appropriate referrals for neuropsychological, psychological, and related services to promote the individual’s success.
The psychologist works alongside medical specialists in Pulmonology, Neurology, and Psychiatry, to assist in the assessment of behavioral and medical symptoms that suggest a sleep study is warranted. Psychologists also provide behavioral interventions to improve sleep hygiene.