Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offer a comprehensive approach to support the behavioral, psychiatric and psychological needs of children, adolescents and their families. Our staff of licensed professionals is specially trained in the assessment and treatment of behavioral health conditions in children and adolescents.

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Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Through both the Developmental Assessment Program and the Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program, the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care focusing on evidence based treatment, education, research and advocacy for children with the diagnosis of Autism, Asperger's or other disorders on the autism spectrum.

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Cerebral Palsy Clinic

The Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a multi-disciplinary clinic devoted to children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. Families can see a variety of specialists in one clinic visit. Testing, such as X-rays or lab work, is available as needed. Families will be linked with medical, educational, social and financial resources in the community as needed.

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Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital offers a wide range of services to address the developmental and behavioral needs of children, adolescents and their families. Outpatient services cover the complete spectrum of child and family problems working in close association with other behavioral health specialists such as psychiatry, psychology, social work and other medical sub-specialists. Inpatient services include consultation on children hospitalized for medical and surgical illnesses.

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Developmental Diagnostic Clinic

The Developmental Diagnostic Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is dedicated to evaluating children with developmental concerns. It provides diagnostic evaluation and on going follow-up care for children with known or suspected physical and/or cognitive impairments. Diagnostic testing performed by the clinic usually includes a variety of developmental assessments, physical and neurodevelopmental exam and parent interview.

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Down Syndrome Clinic

The Down Syndrome Clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital is a family-centered clinic providing diagnostic and treatment services to children and adolescents with Down Syndrome and their families. Services may include a comprehensive medical assessment with special attention to the unique medical problems sometimes experienced by children with Down Syndrome.

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Myelomeningocele/Spina Bifida Clinic

The Myelomeningocele/Spina Bifida Clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital is a multi-disciplinary clinic providing comprehensive long-term treatment services to individuals with myelomeningocele and other spinal abnormalities. Services may include assessments by members of a multidisciplinary team consisting of neurodevelopmental pediatrics, nursing, orthopedics, physiatry, urology, neuropsychology, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, orthotists and other related ancillary services.

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Other Clinical Experiences at Nationwide Children's Hospital

Interdisciplinary Feeding Evaluation Clinic
This program has been developed to provide outpatient evaluation services for children with feeding difficulties requiring the services of three or more disciplines. Services may include assessments by our team consisting of a variety of specialists including Pediatrics, Psychology, Clinical Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy.

Molecular and Human Genetics
The Clinical Section provides the diagnostic evaluation of patients with known or suspected genetic diseases, genetic counseling and prenatal counseling for families, and the treatment of genetics disorders, especially inborn errors of metabolism, including those detected by newborn screening.

Neonatal Developmental Clinic
The Neonatal Developmental Clinic provides developmental screening for infants following their hospital stay in the NICU or NCSU. Designed to work hand-in-hand with regular visits to the infant’s pediatrician, this clinic gathers progress and development data, and designs a plan to help patients catch up with their full-term peers.

The Neurodiagnostics Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital provides testing of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. The department provides routine and long-term EEG testing, Evoked Potentials and Ambulatory EEG.

The Behavioral Health Services comprehensive approach to care is provided by a multidisciplinary team – which may include a psychiatrist, developmental-behavioral pediatrician, nurse practitioner, psychologist, clinical social worker, and clinical counselor – to determine the best treatment options for each child and adolescent.

The Pediatric Psychology Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers specialized assessment and intervention services that focus on the relationship between children’s cognitive, social and emotional functioning and their physical well being. Children and adolescents and their families with medical conditions are served, both as inpatients and outpatients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.