How can psychological services help?
Before surgery or treatment:
- Help you and your child decide on appropriate treatment
- Help prepare you and your child for surgery by addressing concerns and fears
- Assist with behavior problems that may interfere with successful treatment
After surgery or during treatment:
- Teach your child how to feel more comfortable and manage pain more effectively
- Assist with adjustment problems, including depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, loss of sleep, problems with peers and concerns about physical appearance
- Help you and your child improve cooperation with required treatment, including physical therapy and frame adjustments
- Help with adjusting to school
- Help your family manage stress related to your child's treatment
Who is eligible for these services?
- Children and adolescents (18 years and younger) who are receiving orthopedic treatment at the RIAO
- Families of children who are receiving orthopedic treatment at the RIAO
What services are provided?
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Preoperative evaluation and preparation
- Pain management strategies
Appropriate services will be discussed after the initial evaluation.
What can I do if I am interested in services?
- Talk with a member of your child's treatment team
- Contact Marilyn Richardson Muller, Pediatric Patient Care Coordinator
RIAO Psychological Services are not included in the fees associated with your child's orthopedic treatment.