Pediatric Psychology

Our program is known for its work with children who are chronically ill and who have developmental and/or learning disabilities. 

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Our psychology staff also provides assistance and support to you and your family as you cope with the stresses that relate to your child's condition. The Child & Adolescent Psychology program at University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital provides psychology services to children and adolescents that address the developmental learning and behavioral aspects of pediatric medicine. We provide complete neuropsychological evaluations for neurodevelopmental disorders.

Our Approach

We are a teaching facility affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical School. Therefore, some or all of your care may be performed by a resident physician in psychiatry, an advanced psychiatric fellow or a psychology intern under the supervision and direction of a faculty psychiatrist, psychologist, or supervising therapist. You may be asked to give permission for a medical student to observe or participate in your care. You may decline permission if you are in any way uncomfortable with this.

Conditions We Treat

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Pediatric Counseling

Healthy development for children and adolescents includes physical as well as emotional well being. Our behavioral health programs include counseling services, evaluations and testing, development assessments, and behavior management skills.
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Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy

At University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, we perform the two main types of stem cell transplant: Autologous transplant – uses the body’s own stem cells and Allogeneic transplant – uses well-matched stem cells from another person.
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Airway Clearance Therapies

Airway clearance therapies help people manage the symptoms of cystic fibrosis and other lung conditions. Airway clearance therapies can take a variety of forms, but all are easy to perform and involve coughing or huffing ─ taking a breath and holding it, then actively exhaling.
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Infant Pulmonary Function Testing

If your child has been diagnosed with a lung condition such as cystic fibrosis (CF) and is under the age of two years, infant pulmonary function testing will be recommended. This study measures the size of your child’s lungs and determines how easily he or she is breathing.
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Sweat Testing

People with cystic fibrosis (CF) have more salt (sodium and chloride) in their sweat than other people. Measuring the amount of salt in a person’s sweat is the preferred way to diagnose CF. Sweat testing is painless, fast and reliable.
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Nutrition Therapy

Cystic fibrosis (CF) can affect the pancreas which produces enzymes and fluids to help you digest food. This can cause a number of digestive problems from poor absorption of food and nutrients to gas and constipation and blockage in the digestive tract.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Parent and Family Skills Training
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