Integrated Pediatric Psychology Service

The Integrated Pediatric Psychology Service provides systematic integration of health psychology services to facilitate optimal multi-disciplinary patient care across the continuum of inpatient and outpatient services. At present, the Integrated Pediatric Psychology Service provides integrated support for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery, and the Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic. Services are provided at multiple locations including WCH, Pediatric Specialty Clinic, Children’s Hospital Therapy Center, and University Hospital-Surgery Clinic.

Health psychology services provided are built upon the inter-related specialties of pediatric psychology, rehabilitation psychology, and pediatric neuropsychology

Pediatric psychology addresses the psychological aspects of illness, injury, and the promotion of health behaviors in children, adolescents, and families.

Rehabilitation Psychology aims to work with the individual with an injury or illness (which may be chronic, traumatic and/or congenital) and their family to maximize overall functioning in the context of the needs and resources of the individual patient.

The Pediatric Psychologist/Rehabilitation Psychologist assists patients and families with coping and adjustment to illness/injury/disability, adapting to functional life changes, and planning for the future. Frequent areas of intervention include non-pharmaceutical management of pain, non-pharmaceutical management of sleep, stress management, coping with loss, behavior management, and school/vocational planning.

Neuropsychological services are focused on assessment of brain development and functioning to guide treatment planning. Areas typically addressed include:

  • Intellectual Functioning
  • Memory
  • Language
  • Visuospatial abilities
  • Motor skills
  • Executive functioning (attention, speed of processing, planning/organization)
  • Adaptive  behavior
  • Academic achievement
  • Social/Emotional/Behavioral Functioning

Neuropsychological assessment can provide useful information in a number of ways.  It may be used to:

  • Identify mild or subtle cognitive deficits often critical to early diagnosis/treatment
  • Establish a cognitive baseline to assist in later diagnostic assessments
  • Identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses to help with discussions of disease/injury recovery and course
  • Assist in decision-making regarding return to school, work, driving, sports, independent living, etc.
  • Inform treatment planning for rehabilitation services
  • Inform behavior management and behavioral planning
  • Educate patients and family regarding cognitive issues, recovery time frame and course, and development of compensatory and coping strategies

 

WCH Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology/Neuropsychology Service

The WCH Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology/Neuropsychology Service supports patients and families across the continuum of care including acute inpatient, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient treatment. Referrals and services are coordinated with providers in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Neurosurgery, as well as therapy providers at Women’s and Children’s Hospital (inpatient) and Children’s Hospital Therapy Center (outpatient).

Services provided include:

  • Inpatient consultation, assessment and intervention
  • Comprehensive psychological/neuropsychological evaluation, as needed, to address concerns with cognitive, social-emotional and/or behavioral functioning
  • Brief behavioral intervention to address issues such as preparation for procedures, parent or child adjustment to medical diagnosis, pain management, sleep, stress management, etc.
  • Ongoing consultation and coordination of care with medical and therapy providers
  • As needed, brief consultation to schools and other community providers.
  • Participation in service development, training and research

 

WCH Surgery/Neurosurgery Pediatric Psychology/Neuropsychology Service

Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic Team

http://smilesforkids.missouri.edu/our-team/

The Surgery/Neurosurgery Pediatric Psychology/Neuropsychology Service provides dedicated support to the UMHC multi-disciplinary Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic in accordance with the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association best practice standards. The pediatric psychologist/neuropsychologist works collaboratively with team members in plastic surgery, neurosurgery, genetics, developmental behavioral pediatrics, speech-language pathology, and orthodontics.

Services include:

  • Consultation with patients and families along with multi-disciplinary team staffing at the monthly Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic
  • In cases where the need for surgery is unclear (e.g., metopic craniosynostosis), neurodevelopmental evaluation is completed to inform surgical decision-making followed by multi-disciplinary team staffing
  • When surgery is planned, pre- and post-surgical neurodevelopmental evaluation are completed to inform medical management and treatment planning
  • Comprehensive psychological/neuropsychological evaluation is provided, as needed, to address concerns with cognitive, social-emotional and/or behavioral functioning
  • Brief behavioral intervention is provided to address issues such as preparation for procedures, parent or child adjustment to medical diagnosis, and coping with differences in physical appearance
  • Ongoing consultation and coordination with the multi-disciplinary CAC team including the Monday afternoon follow-up clinic held in the University Hospital Surgery Clinic
  • As needed, brief consultation is provided to schools and other community providers.
  • Participation in service development, training and research

 

Neurosurgery Pediatric Psychology/Neuropsychology Service

The Surgery/Neurosurgery Pediatric Psychology/Neuropsychology Service provides integrated support for children and adolescents followed by Neurosurgery for diagnoses such as Traumatic Brain Injury, Hydrocephalus, Microcephaly/Macrocephaly, Chiari Malformation, Spina Bifida, and Spinal Cord Injury.

Services include:

  • Inpatient consultation, assessment and intervention
  • Consultation with patients and families along with multi-disciplinary staffing at the Monday afternoon follow-up clinic held in the University Hospital Surgery Clinic
  • In cases where the need for surgery is unclear (e.g., hydrocephalus), neurodevelopmental evaluation is completed to inform surgical decision-making followed by multi-disciplinary team staffing
  • When surgery is planned, pre- and post-surgical neurodevelopmental evaluation may be completed to inform medical management and treatment planning
  • Comprehensive psychological/neuropsychological evaluation is provided, as needed, to address concerns with cognitive, social-emotional and/or behavioral functioning
  • Brief behavioral intervention is provided to address issues such as preparation for procedures, parent or child adjustment to medical diagnosis, etc.
  • As needed, brief consultation is provided to schools and other community providers.
  • Participation in service development, training and research

Making a Referral

  • 573-882-1561

Location

Mizzou North

115 Business Loop 70 W
Columbia, Missouri 65203