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    Anxiety Disorders Program

    The Anxiety Disorders Program (ADP) program provides outpatient evaluation and therapy for children and adolescents whose primary presentation involves an anxiety disorder, as well as some children and adolescents with depressive disorders. The various diagnostic presentations seen for assessment and treatment within the program include:

    • Generalized anxiety disorder
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder
    • Social phobia
    • Specific phobias
    • Separation anxiety
    • Trichotillomania
    • Selective mutism
    • Panic disorder
    • Health anxiety
    • Depression
    • Dysthymia

    In addition, patients may have comorbid medical diagnoses that are treated by the pediatric medical specialists at Texas Children’s Hospital. The ADP treatment approach is comprehensive and based on empirical findings. Interventions are either individual-focused with significant family involvement or conducted via a family-based approach.

    Assessment of Attentional Difficulties

    The Psychology Service provides evidence-based assessment of attention-related disorders, including ADD and ADHD. A clinician meets with the child and their family and gathers additional information, such as parent and teacher rating scales, report cards, and prior evaluations. Following the interview, the family receives feedback, including a review of our findings, education on any diagnoses, and discussion of an individualized treatment plan. Referrals are made for behavioral intervention and/or medication intervention where appropriate.

    Disruptive Behavior Disorders Program

    The Disruptive Behavior Disorders (DBD) program is an outpatient evaluation and intervention program. The DBD program serves families of children with behavioral and emotional symptoms characteristic of common externalizing problems such as ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, disruptive behaviors, and other conditions that affect social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral functioning in the home and school environment.

    The DBD program is committed to individualized evidence-based practices, for matching the needs of children and families with the best known treatments available. The DBD Program consists of two primary treatments, the Brief Behavioral Intervention (BBI) and the Family STARS (Skills Training for ADHD-Related Symptoms) Intervention. Both BBI and Family STARS utilize a clinical team approach with direct, personalized care provided with the support of live team consultation.

    • BBI is a parent management training program for children ages 1-6 that provides parents with new strategies to help their children succeed behaviorally at home and at school. This is done with parents and children working together with a behavior therapist.
    • Family STARS provides treatment for children ages 7-12 who are struggling with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and associated problems with disruptive behavior. Family STARS combines parent management training with a separate, child-focused self-regulation intervention.

    Learning Disability Assessment

    The Learning Disability Program provides comprehensive assessment of academic skills related to reading, math, written language, and handwriting for school age children and adolescents whose learning problems do not result primarily from a medical condition. This evaluation also includes assessment of neurocognitive strengths and weaknesses such as phonological processing, language, attention, and memory that underlie and support the development of academic skills. A written report and parent feedback appointment are included. Additional services include evaluations to determine need for accommodations for College Board exams (SAT, ACT) or need for college course accommodations and consultation with parents related to prior assessment reports and school documents to determine current evaluation or intervention needs.

    All evaluations within this program are completed on a self-pay basis.

    Neuropsychological Evaluation

    A Neuropsychological Evaluation provides assessment of the cognitive and behavioral effects associated with injuries to, or diseases involving, the brain. Such information is useful in a variety of ways, including determining whether or not a neurological condition is present, providing localizing information, tracking recovery or progression of a neurological condition, and evaluating strengths and weaknesses. Typical referrals for neuropsychological evaluation include medical conditions with known or suspected primary brain involvement (e.g., brain tumors, epilepsy, head trauma, CNS infections, toxic exposures) and disorders with secondary involvement of the brain (e.g., neurotoxic treatments for cancer, diabetes, end stage renal disease, neurofibromatosis) as well as some developmental or genetic diseases (e.g., consequences of low birth weight, Sickle Cell Disease, neuronal migration disorders, metabolic storage diseases).

    Pediatric Health Psychology Program

    The Pediatric Health Psychology Program (PHP) serves children and families who are having difficulty coping with a chronic medical illness or an unintentional injury, or adhering to a medical regimen. Our referrals come from many of the medical centers and services of Texas Children’s Hospital. Intervention modalities include inpatient and outpatient therapy, psychosocial risk screening, comprehensive assessment, and consultation/liaison services within the hospital setting.

    Primary Care Psychology

    The Primary Care Psychology Program is an innovative hospital-community partnership that extends behavioral/mental health services to patients and families within their pediatrician’s clinic. Services at participating Texas Children's Pediatric Associates (TCPA) clinics are brief in nature and intended to address children’s problems at their early stages and prevent future problems. These services consist of brief parent consultations, diagnostic screening, brief treatment or therapy, group prevention/educational programs, and direct clinical consultation with pediatricians. For children who need ongoing clinical support, we assist with referrals to our hospital-based treatment services or the appropriate community-based services to meet a child’s needs.

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