Pediatric Behavioral Health for Patients with Down Syndrome

The medical care team may refer your child for a behavioral health evaluation for many reasons, including:

  • Behavioral challenges: noncompliance, limit testing, tantrums, elopement, aggression, difficulty with transitions.
  • Adaptive skills: toilet training, healthy sleep habits, feeding.
  • Sensory concerns.
  • Mood concerns such as anxiety or depression.

Outpatient behavioral health treatment involves working with the patient and family and can include:

  • Parent behavioral management strategies (insert hyperlink for fact sheet) and consultation.
  • Consultation with members of the individual’s treatment team.
  • Individualized behavioral interventions and psychoeducation .
  • Communication.
  • Social skills.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy to improve mood.
  • Safety.
  • Educational advocacy.

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