Cleveland Clinic Children’s offers an array of specialized psychological services for children, adolescents and their families. We treat children with all varieties of difficulties in development, behavioral functioning, and emotional regulation. Many providers are integrated with your local Primary Care Practice. We also provide highly specialized testing services, as well as services for children with medical conditions. Our specialty clinics are located both downtown and at convenient community locations across the northeast Ohio region.
Call us at 216.444.5437(KIDS) to schedule a consultation or choose from a specialty clinic.
What We Treat
- Academic Concerns (learning disability, executive functioning)
- Adjustment to Life Events (loss, separation, moving)
- Anxiety Disorders (generalized anxiety, social anxiety, selective mutism, OCD)
- Developmental Delay/Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, ARFID)
- Feeding Disorders and Failure to Thrive
- Forensic Assessments
- Gender and Sexuality Concerns
- Genetic Disorders
- Hair Pulling
- Mood (depression, bipolar, anger/aggression)
- Pain (headache, stomach pain, concussion, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, POTS, fibromyalgia)
- Weight Issues (obesity)
- Sleep Disturbance (insomnia, nightmares, narcolepsy)
- Substance Use/Abuse
- Tics and Tourette’s Disorder
- Toileting (nighttime and daytime)
- Vocal Cord Dysfunction
Pediatric patients benefit from our multidisciplinary approach, where psychologists work in pediatric specialty clinics and departments. Conditions treated include:
ADHD Center for Evaluation and Treatment (ACET)
ADHD Center for Evaluation and Treatment (ACET) is a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment service that informs children and adults about the presence of symptom criteria for ADHD.
Center for Autism
To schedule an appointment for your child, please call 216.448.6440. A variety of services are offered through the Center for Autism to include diagnostic evaluations, follow-up care evaluations, behaviorally-based treatments, speech / language therapy, occupational therapy and outreach training and consultation services. Additionally, the Center for Autism has a robust federally funded research program where families may participate in clinical research which may be of benefit to children and their families.
Pediatric Psychology for Acute and Chronic Illness
The Pediatric Psychology Team at Cleveland Clinic Children's provides both inpatient and outpatient consultation services to children with acute and chronic health conditions. Diagnoses include, but are not limited to, organ failure and transplant, Diabetes, hematology and oncology diagnoses, treatments requiring PICU admission, and NICU stays. This team includes interdisciplinary consultation with other providers on the child’s medical and psychosocial team, and can assist with discharge planning.
Behavioral Treatment for Headache
Behavioral Treatment for Headache teaches children cognitive and behavioral strategies (i.e., “changing the way you think and act”) that can successfully minimize the pain and distress associated with headaches.
Fit Youth Family Weight Management Program
The Fit Youth program is a family group-based weight management program for very heavy children and teens between the ages of 7 and 16. Participants in the program meet weekly for 12 weeks. Please call 216.986.4128 for more information.
Gender Understanding, Identity and Expression (GUIDE) Pediatric Program
The Gender Understanding, Identity and Expression (GUIDE) Pediatric Program provides an evaluation and wide range of support and intervention for youth (childhood through adolescent years) who are gender questioning, gender non-confirming, gender fluid, or transgender, or who are struggling with any other issues around gender. Sometimes they are trying to figure out gender identity, or how they want to express gender; sometimes they may just feel like their gender assigned at birth doesn’t fit quite right. Our team works toward the goal of finding a path that is right for your individual child and family.
Learning Evaluation Clinic
The Learning Evaluation Clinic provides psychoeducational assessments and consultation for children with learning and developmental concerns. Concerns may include academic underachievement, giftedness placement, difficulties with a specific academic subject of skill, or general concerns with his or her ability to understand or process information.
After the evaluation, the Learning Evaluation Clinic provides recommendations to enhance the child’s learning potential. The clinic services children aged 5 through 18, although referrals outside this age range are considered on a case by case basis.
For more information contact us at the Independence Campus (216.986.4000) or the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation (216.445.7574).
Specialty Assessment & Consultation Service
We offer extensive diagnostic evaluation, psychological testing/assessment, and treatment planning for children with complex developmental, genetic, medical, behavioral, learning, and/or psychological disorders; with specialty focus on those with complex autism spectrum disorders, issues of differential diagnosis, multi-system involvement, genetic and/or metabolic disorders, and disorders of sex differentiation or gender identity.
Services include consultation with families and professionals regarding decision-making regarding treatment options or for second opinion assessments regarding diagnosis.
Please call 440.516.8690 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program
The Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program is an interdisciplinary program established for the evaluation and treatment of young children (age 0-11 years) with a variety of presenting feeding problems.
The Feeding Program integrates the perspectives of Psychology, Developmental Pediatrics, Occupational Therapy and Clinical Nutrition to comprehensively address feeding difficulties including:
- Poor growth/growth faltering
- Dependence on supplemental tube feedings
- Aversive feeding behavior
- Inability to advance texture in the diet; and/or significant food selectivity
The Feeding Team clinicians provide interventions designed to treat severe avoidant and/or aversive feeding behavior as well as oral motor and oral sensory skill deficits. In addition, significant parent guidance and support is also offered as key component of the Program.
For more information or to schedule an evaluation, contact us at 216.448.6024.
Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program
The Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program is a unique and innovative program designed for children and adolescents with chronic pain that interferes with normal activities (e.g., attending school or interacting with peers).
Our program focuses on helping children manage their chronic pain and restoring daily activity. It consists of inpatient and day hospital components and blends pediatric subspecialty care, behavioral health, and rehabilitation therapies in an individualized but coordinated manner.
For more information, contact us at 216.448.6253.
School Consultation & Program Development for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This school-based service offers direct consultation regarding the specific needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including program development and teacher in-services.
For more information, call 440.519.3019.
Selective Mutism Program
The Selective Mutism Program offers diagnostic, assessment, treatment and consultation services for children who struggle with communication at school and/or select social settings. These comprehensive evaluations help to differentiate selective mutism from other disorders, to develop an intervention plan for home/school, and to provide consultation with a child's school team and other specialty service providers for optimum collaboration of care.
As a convenience to families who travel from a distance, the program offers a unique full-day assessment model where diagnostic interview, testing/assessment and comprehensive intervention planning can be completed by day's end.
For more information about the Selective Mutism Program, contact Dr. Kristen Eastman at 330.888.4000.
Sibling Outreach Program
The Sibling Outreach Program is a multidisciplinary program designed to meet the educational, psychological, and recreational needs of healthy siblings of pediatric oncology patients and transplant patients.
The Sibling Outreach Program works with siblings and families to assist them in coping with having a family member with pediatric cancer. In addition to developmentally appropriate activities throughout the year, we also provide a free half-day conference each year to provide educational and psychological support to healthy siblings and their families.
Join a Group
ADHD Parenting Group
Parents may benefit from participating in an ADHD Parent Group to better understand diagnosis and treatment. ADHD Parent Group is a 4 week, 1 time a week group that allows parents to learn strategies alongside other parents to better manage ADHD in their home. Strategies include behavior management, understanding ADHD and the brain, compliance training, and support.
If interested, please call Rebekah Bryson, LISW at Avon Pointe at 440.930.6238 to find out more information or to sign up.
ADHD Shared appointment for new diagnosis
Parents would benefit from attending the ADHD Shared Psychological Appointment with Michael Manos, PhD or Rebekah Bryson, LISW to further develop and understanding of the diagnosis of ADHD. This appointment would include other families with the goal of helping to support and educate all participants regarding ADHD and how to treat it moving forward.
The family can schedule this appointment by calling, Dr. Manos at 216.448.6310 (east side) or Rebekah Bryson at 440.930.6238, option 2 (west side).
ADHD Social Skills Group
A child would benefit from social skills training to assist with more age appropriate interactions with peers for children ages 6-14 years old. Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Behavioral Health, Center for ADHD Evaluation and Treatment offer Behavioral Skills Training for children and adolescents who have difficulty with social interaction. Simultaneously, Parent Coaching Groups are offered to help parents learn behavioral techniques and interventions based on a social learning and behavioral modification model. Treatment goals are individualized for each child.
To obtain information or an application, you can contact us at 216.448.6310 or online.
Executive Functioning Skills Group
Skills Group: Your adolescent will benefit from Organizational Skills Training to assist with age appropriate executive functioning skills (e.g., organizing binders, using a planner, and breaking down large projects) for children grades 6th - 12th grade. Parent involvement is expected. Treatment goals are individualized for each adolescent.
To obtain information or an application, you can call 216.448.6310 or online.
Calm Kids Group
Child would benefit from participation in a coping skills group to learn better strategies in which to manage emotions and behaviors. These groups are offered on a rotating basis at the Avon Pointe Family Health Center or the Westlake Rehab Facility. Children are put in groups with peers their age during this 4 week program and learn hands on skills to better understand and cope with big emotions.
Parents can call and schedule a group by calling Avon Pointe at 440.930.6250 x2 or Westlake Rehab at 440.835.7400.
Get Along Gang (High Functioning)
Social Skills/Thinking Group for children & adolescents on the autism spectrum. The Get-Along Gang is a social skills group designed for children and teens on the autism spectrum (Asperger's Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS, and High Functioning Autism). Sessions are typically 8 weeks on Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. Sessions include didactic and experiential components with the focus on enabling group members to create age-appropriate skills in the areas of; theory of mind, social interaction, self-regulation, coping and self-advocacy, as well as to develop a base of support and friendship within the group.
Please call 440.602.8601 ext. 3 for more information.
Rising to the Challenge Parent Group
Groups are for parents of children with disruptive behavior concerns (tantrums, noncompliance, arguing, etc.). Parents of 3-6 year olds attend six meetings lasting 90 minutes each facilitated by Alison Moses, PhD. Groups focus on teaching behavioral parenting strategies including: enhancing parent/child relationship through emotion coaching and child directed play; behavior specific praise, effective reward systems, limit setting/direction giving; and planned ignoring. Groups are for parents only; no childcare will be provided.
Contact 440.878.2500 for more information; please state interest in Parent Group to appropriately direct your call.
1-2-3 Magic Parenting Group
The 2-session group is designed to offer training, support, and insight into parenting strategies which utilize a behavior modification curriculum created by clinical psychologist, Thomas W. Phelan. The group is designed for parents of children ages 4-12 years-old with a diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Groups are for parents only; no childcare will be provided. The group occurs on first and second Thursday of each month from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information or to register, please call 216-448-6310.
Behavioral Treatment for Headaches
Recurrent or daily headache pain is a burden for both children and their families alike. Headache interferes with school performance and quality of life. Health behaviors like poor sleep, improper nutrition, and exposure to headache triggers can exacerbate this pain. Factors like stress, fear, perfectionism, or frustration can interfere with behaviors leading to good health. Children also find themselves engaging in a “habit” or pattern of behaviors which, healthy or unhealthy, they find difficult to change.
Behavioral treatment for headache teaches children cognitive and behavioral strategies (i.e., “changing the way you think and act”) that can successfully reduce the pain and distress associated with headaches. While the focus is on the child or teen, parents also learn about strategies to effectively monitor and support their child’s self-management of headaches and succeed in regular activities. These strategies are meant to complement the medical recommendations provided by the referring doctor.
There is a lot of research that support using these skills to prevent and treat headache. Additionally, data from our treatment program shows significant reduction in the number of severity of headaches children experience. The headache clinic is geared towards pediatric patients with 1 or more headaches per week that are seeking behavioral treatment in conjunction with medical treatment to manage headache symptoms. Patients will learn coping strategies to better manage symptoms and pain caused by headaches. Treatment is provided in group at convenient locations in Northeast Ohio as well—or you can join an internet-based program through telehealth and join the group from the comfort of your home.
Please call 216.448.6253 to schedule or find out more information. A referral from your primary care doctor or Neurologist may be needed for insurance purposes.
Weight Management Groups
Fit Youth is a family group-based weight management program for very heavy children and teens between the ages of 7 and 16. Participants in the program meet weekly for 12 weeks.
Please call 216.448.3488 for more information.
Functional Constipation Clinic
The purpose of this virtual SMA is to address the medical, emotional, and behavioral factors that affect your child’s toileting difficulties. The Clinic is designed for patients being treated for constipation, who may also have fecal soiling accidents or delayed toilet training. Groups of up to 5 children meet for 90 minutes per week for a total of 4 consecutive weeks and then continue to return for follow-up groups on a monthly basis until they are ready to "Graduate Poop School!"
Child Group Facilitators:
- Samantha Polasky, MA, CCLS
- Lianne Piorkowski, LPCC
2021 Winter Cohorts at 10 a.m. (first week has variable individual appointment times):
- Fridays, January 8 - January 29
- Fridays, February 5 - February 26
- Fridays, March 12 - April 9
2020-2021 Winter Follow-Up Dates at 8 a.m.:
- November 16, 2020
- November 20, 2020
- December 4, 2020
- December 18, 2020
- January 15, 2021
- January 29, 2021
- February 12, 2021
- February 26, 2021
How to Enroll:
If your child is between 3 - 7 and able to attend four consecutive Friday morning appointments:
- Please complete the Intake Packet. You can complete the form HERE or you can contact our program coordinator at 216.445.9765 or at FC-SMA@ccf.org for paper copies to be returned by fax or email.
- Once the intake form is received and reviewed, a member of our scheduling team will contact you to schedule your intake appointments with Dr. Feinberg and Dr. Lamparyk for the morning of the 1st week of the FC-SMA.
We are happy to answer any additional questions you have about our group. Please contact our program coordinator at 216.445.9765 or at FC-SMA@ccf.org.
Meet Our Team
We have many opportunities for advanced training in pediatric psychology in our Center. We provide advanced fellowship training in Pediatric Psychology and Pediatric Pain Psychology. We also offer an APA accredited Residency Program. Further, we also provide a number of clinical practica for 4th and 5th year graduate students.
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