Behavioral Disorders

Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness

Licensed Clinical Psychologist located in Midtown, Atlanta, GA

Have you noticed your child's behavior has changed or worsened? He or she may have a behavioral disorder, such as ADHD. At Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness in Atlanta, Georgia, they treat the child, not merely the behavioral issues. Licensed pediatric psychologist Jennifer Poulos, Psy.D and her skilled team take a holistic, family-based approach in treating behavioral disorders to promote a positive outcome for your child and family. Call today to schedule a consultation for your child's behavioral concern.

Behavioral Disorders Q & A

Does my child have a behavioral disorder?

Every child acts out at one time or another, but behavioral disorders are more serious. With a behavioral disorder, the pattern of behavior isn’t appropriate for your child’s age and lasts for more than six months.

Warning signs of a behavioral disorder include patterns of:

  • Challenging authority
  • Tantrums
  • Lying
  • Stealing
  • Self-harm
  • Hurting or threatening others
  • Damaging or destroying property
  • Poor grades

If you see signs of a problem, contact Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness for help. Children with behavior problems face an increased risk of failing in school. They're also more susceptible to mental health problems, even suicide.

What are common behavioral disorders?

Behavioral disorders include but aren’t limited to:

  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Conduct disorder (CD)

Often, these disorders overlap. For example, roughly one-third of all children with ADHD also have ODD. Your provider at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness determines whether your child has one or more behavioral disorders to create an individualized treatment plan.

How are behavioral disorders treated?

Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness provides standardized psychological testing, holistic care consultation, and comprehensive behavioral health services to give families and schools an in-depth understanding of a child's general capabilities. This assessment includes multiple facets of your child's functioning, such as:

  • Developmental
  • Emotional
  • Intellectual
  • Behavioral
  • Academic 

Taking a family-centered approach, the team at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness crafts a comprehensive treatment plan for your child and the entire family. Treatments may include play therapy, which helps your child gain the confidence to establish their own comfort zones. 

Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness also provides family therapy for parents and siblings. For example, during family therapy, your child's siblings learn to develop and increase their communication skills and develop compassion for those with differing abilities.

Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness also offers behavioral medication consultation and integrates the care of your child with other clinical professionals, such as pediatricians, speech therapists, and occupational therapists.

If you’re concerned about a behavioral disorder in your child, rely on the expertise of Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness, which approaches every child and family with a unique and personalized plan of care. Call today or book a consultation online.