For Families

Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children's Hospital offers a wide range of comprehensive services to address the behavioral, psychiatric and psychological needs of children, adolescents and their families.

We hope these resources will help your family as you begin to work with us to meet the needs of your child.

On Our Sleeves

On Our Sleeves

Kids don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves, so it’s time to give them a voice. It's time to break the silence about children's mental health.

Nationwide Children's Resources


Family ECHO is a virtual learning program that brings clinical professional and subject matter experts right to your screen. It provides information for parents and caregivers of children with autism to navigate a diagnosis, learn about new therapies and more.

Child holding cell phone

Wait Time Tips

Unfortunately, there is a national shortage of behavioral health providers that at times leads to long wait times for service. Difficulties accessing behavioral health care can be both frustrating and stressful for families. Here are some tips to help your child while you are waiting for services.

Protective Factors and Youth Suicide

Behavioral Health Blog Posts

Read blog posts written by our Big Lots Behavioral Health Services experts.

Triple P

The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) is for parents and caregivers of children 0 to 6 years old. It covers parenting concerns such as obedience, bedtime routines and shopping frustrations. It also helps parents manage behavior and prevent problems from occurring in the first place.

Butterfly gust

Suicide Prevention Resources

If you think your child has thought about ending their life, or if you recently lost a loved one to suicide, these resources may offer support.

Welcome Home

The Welcome Home project is a specialized program for teens transitioning from inpatient behavioral health care to outpatient care. The project provides teens with evidence-informed programming provided electronically through a combination of online tools and care coordination support.

Behavioral Health Care

Access location information and maps for our Behavioral Health Care centers.


Preteen Boy Leaning on Tree

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating disorder in which a person severely limits the amount of food he or she eats to prevent weight gain or lose weight.

Tween Girl Reflecting While Standing Outside

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health disorder in children. There are many types of anxiety disorders, each with its own distinct symptoms.

Teen Boy Smiling in Hallway

Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, is a developmental disorder. Young people with Asperger’s Syndrome have a difficult time relating to others socially and their behavior and thinking patterns can be rigid and repetitive. They also may have trouble understanding body language.

Smiling Tween Girl and Boy Sitting in Hallway

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioral disorder. It affects about ten percent of school-age children. Boys are more likely than girls to be diagnosed with it. Young people with ADHD have an impulsive nature that is difficult for them to control.

Preteen Boy Smirking in Hallway

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts a child’s ability to communicate and interact socially. It also impacts the way the child thinks and behaves.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic-depression, is a chronic mental illness that causes extreme mood swings from high to low.

Two Teen Boys and One Teen Girl Sitting in Hallway

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is a type of eating disorder in which a person regularly eats excessive amounts of food and then attempts to eliminate the consequences of overeating by vomiting, taking laxatives or diuretics, fasting, or exercising excessively.

Reflective Teen Boy Resting Arm on Chair

Conduct Disorders

Conduct disorder refers to a group of behavioral and emotional problems characterized by a disregard for others. Children with conduct disorder have a difficult time following rules and behaving in a socially acceptable way.

Young Boy Leaning on Chair in Hospital


Delirium is a serious disturbance in mental abilities. It involves changes in behavior, confused thinking, and reduced awareness of a person's surroundings. Delirium is a serious complication of medical illness.

Pre Teen Boy Leaning on a Tree


Clinical depression in children includes several disorders: major depressive disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, and persistent depressive disorder.

Young Boy Leaning on Chair in Hospital

Disruptive Behavior Disorders (DBD)

Children with disruptive behavior disorders (DBD) show ongoing patterns of uncooperative and defiant behavior. The most common types of these disorders include disruptive behavior disorder not otherwise specified (DBD NOS), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder (CD).

Nationwide Children's Hospital Patient Stock Photo

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is any act that results in physical injury to a child or adolescent, even if the injury was unintentional.

Teenage Girl Outside


Psychosis in children is rare but severe. Psychosis is a collection of significant symptoms that can impact thoughts, behaviors and emotions.

Preteen Boy Leaning on Tree

Suicidal Behaviors

Suicidal thoughts and behaviors can affect children and teenagers. Most children and adolescents who attempt suicide show warning signs. It is vital that families are aware of these signs and discuss concerns, ideally prior to a life-threatening mental health crisis.

PediaCast Podcasts


PediaCast 249: Eating Disorders

Dr. Mike and Dr. Terrill Bravender have a detailed discussion on eating disorders. From risk factors and symptoms to diagnosis and treatment, they cover everything you need to know about anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating.


PediaCast 350: Cutting and Self-Harm

Dr. Raymond Troy visits PediaCast Studio to discuss reasons teenagers injure themselves, along with risk factors and associated mental health conditions.


PediaCast 315: Teen Suicide

This week, Dr. Mike takes a comprehensive look at teen suicide. We discuss the scope of the problem, risk factors, warning signs, prevention strategies, treatment options, long-term outlook for suicidal teens and ongoing research projects aimed at identifying at-risk youth and getting them plugged-in to the help they need. Dr. David Axelson, Dr. Jeff Bridge and Dr. Dan Cohen are our guests.


PediaCast 419: Influencers and Worries

Highlights magazine returns to PediaCast to talk about their annual State of the Kid Report. This year’s focus is “the influences and worries of a generation ready to stand up and do what’s right.”


PediaCast 403: Measles, Junk Food, Depression

This week we cover more news parents can use! Topics include screen-free week; the impact of motherly depression on her child’s IQ; liquid nicotine and e-cigarette safety; protecting children from junk food ads; and dangerous complications of ear infections. We’ll also ask the question: are measles still deadly?


PediaCast 405: If You Dream It, You Can Do It

Listen to Dr. Mike interview actress, author and entrepreneur, Ashley Eckstein. Ashley shares her story of growing up with Disney and Star Wars, and how we can accomplish our dreams by wishing, believing, doing, transforming and trusting.


PediaCast 395: Babysitting, Smartphones, Social Media and Happiness

Dr. Sara Ross, medical director of Safe Sitter, visits the studio to talk about babysitting classes teens can take to improve safety, skills and confidence. We also consider smartphones, social media and digital content and their impact on happiness and mental health.


PediaCast 367: Teenage Attitude and Early Peanut Introduction

We have two guests for you this week: Dr. Jennifer Freed is a clinical psychologist from Santa Barbara, California who co-founded a successful school-based teen program known as Attitude. Harmony. Achievement. We’ll explore the ins and outs of the programs and talk about ways schools everywhere can provide similar programming for students. Then, Dr. Dave Stukus stops by to update us on the early introduction of peanut products to babies.


PediaCast 366: Whole Grapes, Autism, Marijuana Smoke

Join Dr. Mike in the PediaCast Studio for a discussion on the danger of whole grapes, fasting as a cancer treatment, a cause of autism, reducing the pain of baby shots, a hearing test to diagnose concussion and consideration of second-hand marijuana smoke.


PediaCast 362: Toxic Stress & Concussion Update

This week we consider communication strategies for helping kids deal with toxic stress. We also cover concussions with Dr. Kevin Walter, a concussion expert from the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He recently visited Nationwide Children’s and stopped by the PediaCast Studio to talk about concussion care and guidelines for returning student athletes to action.


Pediacast 342: Video Games, Diaper Rash, Baby Bottles

This episode covers ADHD and school entry age, video games and intellectual ability, and substance abuse prevention in young children. Dr. Cherrelle Smith-Ramsey discusses diaper rash, toddler eating and baby bottles.


PediaCast 330: Screen Time, Bullying, Zip Lines

This episodes’s topics include an update on screen time recommendations, gut bacteria and asthma, treating Tourette syndrome, anti-bullying laws, heart disease and ADHD stimulant medication, installing car seats and zip-line safety.