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A child's chronic or life-limiting illness impacts the emotional health of the whole family.
Behavioral health providers integrated into the Division of Hematology/Oncology/BMT at UPMC Children’s Hospital provide collaborative care with you and your child’s medical team to provide support and intervention to improve health outcomes.
Our behavioral health experts work with your child's care team to help you:
To address your child's emotional and psychosocial needs, our team works with other children's health care experts such as:
Cancer can cause fear and worry for children and their loved ones.
For some, these changes are mild and go away quickly. In others, they can be intense, long-lasting, and impact the quality of life.
Sometimes, emotional symptoms can even affect a child's care and treatment.
At UPMC Children's, all children with cancer have access to a psychologist and other behavioral health providers. Most children admitted to the hospital for cancer treatment or complications will meet with a psychologist.
How we work with your child to address their needs varies by age and the type of concern.
Our behavioral health providers can help children and families in many ways, such as:
Our behavioral health providers help families:
Children needing BMT and cellular therapies may include those with:
If doctors decide to use these treatments, your child and family have access to behavioral health care Many children and families will benefit from behavioral health support to address the stress that comes with having a life-limiting illness.
Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that can affect many systems in the body.
Growing up with sickle cell disease means learning to navigate childhood while also managing a chronic illness.
Bringing behavioral health providers into care from an early age is vital. They can help your child cope with medical processes that may later cause stress and worry when in the hospital.
Behavioral health providers are integral to the sickle cell team at UPMC Children's.
Based on your child's needs, we can provide:
There are several care paths at the Sickle Cell Clinic to optimize a child's psychological well-being. Care is not limited to these paths.
Our behavioral health providers meet with you and your family to:
This path focuses on each child's needs as they enter or start schooling, such as:
This model of care:
We tailor this path to each child and their needs. In most cases, it includes monthly clinic visits with the sickle cell team and behavioral health provider.
The goals of this path focus on reducing the need for pain drugs and improving function and mental health.
Learn more about pain in sickle cell disease (PDF).
Starting at age 12, we start to focus on preparing your child for independently managing their sickle cell disease.
Our behavioral health team works with your child's care team to design a unique transition plan.
The goal is for your child to learn skills for success related to:
Learn more about the Transition-age program (PDF).
We offer group therapy through the Virtual Comfort Ability Program (VCAPS).
VCAPS is a partnership between UPMC Children's and Boston Children's Hospital.
This group helps young people ages 10 to 17+ manage chronic or recurring pain and improve their day-to-day life.
Through VCAPS, your child will:
Parents and caregivers will learn:
To learn more about VCAPS at UPMC Children's, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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