Just as it’s important for your child to undergo a physical to make sure that they don’t fall ill, it’s just as important to pinpoint behavioral and mental issues early on so that our Marion, VA, pediatricians, Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, and Dr. Tara Etter, can help you address them. Read on to learn more about what is involved in a behavioral health consultation and the benefits surrounding them.

Who could benefit from a behavioral health consultation?

It may be time to schedule a mental health consultation at our Marion office if you suspect that your child may be dealing with a mental disorder. This consultation can pinpoint, and even prevent, certain mental health problems. This evaluation may also benefit children who are exhibiting certain behaviors that are impacting their social, school, or home lives.

If your child is displaying signs of any of these mental illnesses, it’s a good idea to schedule a consultation with us:

  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Impulse control disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Somatic symptom disorders

During a consultation, a physical exam may be performed to rule out any physical causes for your child’s symptoms. The other part of the consultation will consist of an interview to talk with you and your child about their symptoms and feelings. A diagnosis may be made during your child’s consultation or further testing from a psychologist may be recommended. Once a diagnosis has been reached, we can immediately create a treatment plan for your little one. Early intervention is key to providing your child with the best support and care possible.

What are the benefits of a behavioral health consultation?

The most obvious benefit is that our pediatrician can identify certain issues early on to find simple and effective solutions before the problem gets any worse. In some cases, we may even be able to prevent certain mental health problems from occurring in the first place. Furthermore, this consultation ensures that your child gets the proper attention and support they need, particularly if they are dealing with emotional or social issues.

Give us a call

If your child is displaying serious or troublesome behaviors, it’s important that you have a pediatrician that you can turn to for answers and help. Call Royal Oak Pediatric Associates in Marion, VA, today (276) 783-8183 at to talk with us.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associate
July 09, 2019
Category: Children's Health
Tags: allergies  

Over 6 million children are affected by some type of allergy. That includes allergies to foods, substances in the air, and chemicals that come in contact with their skin. With reactions ranging from mild to life-threatening, these allergic reactions should be mediated by a pediatrician in order to keep your child in full health. Fortunately, the doctors at Royal Oak Pediatric Associates in Marion and Abingdon, VA, can help.

Allergies in Children
Young children are some of the most social beings in society, frequently spending time around other children, adults, and outdoor elements—it’s no wonder that they are often affected by allergic reactions! Some children have allergies to the pet dander and pollen that floats in the air (common in spring and summer), two common triggers that can cause hay fever, sinusitis, and other respiratory issues. Food allergies are also common in children, preventing them from eating certain foods, such as nuts, shellfish, or eggs without having swollen lips, facial swelling, breathing issues, or digestive disruptions.

Treating Children for Allergies
To help your child, it’s important that you thoroughly explain their symptoms to a pediatrician at either our Marion or Abingdon, VA. Afterward, the first thing your child’s doctor may recommend is an allergy test to determine the triggering substance. Other treatments may include antihistamine medication (prescribed by your doctor), decongestants, and immunotherapy treatments (allergy shots).

Reducing Allergic Reactions
There are also steps thatyou can take to reduce allergic reactions in your child and their frequency. The most important step is basic education—inform and educate your child about the allergy and what causes them to have the unwanted symptoms. Another tip is to do a sweep of your home to eliminate all potential allergens. This includes tossing away certain detergents/soaps, clearing the fridge of foods that contain unfavorable ingredients, cleaning up pet hair, and wiping down walls or floors that may be covered in pollen. Also, make sure to close windows to avoid allowing pollen and other allergens into the home.

A Pediatrician Can Help
It’s best to be proactive about treating and controlling your child’s allergy symptoms. Schedule a visit with Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, or Dr. Tara Etter at Royal Oak Pediatric Associates in Marion and Abingdon, VA, by calling (276) 783-8183 today.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associate
April 25, 2019
Tags: Behavioral Issues  

How your pediatricians in Marion, VA, can help with behavioral issues

Your child’s behavior can be complicated. It can be difficult to know whether behavior is normal, or whether it may be a sign of ADHDdevelopmental issues. That’s where your pediatrician comes in. The pediatricians at Royal Oak Pediatrics can help with diagnosis and treatment of common behavioral issues. They have two convenient office locations in Abingdon and Marion, VA, to help you and your child.

As your child grows and develops, you may experience these normal behaviors:

  • Your child being defiant; this is a sign of independence and testing boundaries.
  • Your child withdrawing from you; this is a sign of your child wanting autonomy and independence.
  • Your child acting out; this may be your child’s reaction to major changes in life including moving, family separation or divorce, or issues at school.

Your child may also exhibit some behaviors which could benefit from professional treatment. Consider visiting your pediatrician if your child demonstrates:

  • Anxiety about school, relationships, and activities
  • Frequent depression or feelings of unhappiness
  • Purposefully damaging or destroying items belonging to others
  • Hostile feelings toward others, especially authority figures

You and your child should definitely visit your pediatrician if your child is:

  • Threatening other children, pets, or adults
  • Threatening or harming himself or herself or you
  • Stealing, smoking, doing drugs or unlawful behavior
  • Doing badly in school, or missing school entirely

Attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder or ADHD is one of the most common behavioral issues in children. Your child may have ADHD if you notice that your child is:

  • Frequently forgetting or losing things
  • Excessively talking or squirming around
  • Frequently daydreaming or not paying attention

If you are wondering about your child’s behavior, your pediatrician can help. A great pediatrician can help make sure your child is healthy and help you care for your child’s health, growth and development. For more information about common behavioral issues and other pediatric topics, call the pediatricians at Royal Oak Pediatrics, with offices in Abingdon and Marion, VA, today!

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associate
March 27, 2019
Category: Children's Health
Tags: newborn care   Vaccines   Immunizations   Hepatitis   Polio  

Welcoming a newborn baby into your life is such an exciting time, but there are also many things that need to be done. One of the mostBaby Drinking Milkimportant ways you can care for your newborn is to schedule regular checkups with your child’s pediatrician. The pediatrician can monitor your baby’s growth and development and help your child remain as healthy as possible. At Royal Oak Pediatric Associates, Dr. Anita Henley is your pediatrician for newborn care in both Abingdon and Marion, VA.

When should my newborn have his/her first checkup?

Newborn babies born in a hospital will be seen by a pediatrician while still in the hospital. However, it is still important to bring your newborn in for a checkup with the doctor who will be your child’s regular pediatrician within a few days after release from the hospital when your newborn is about three to five days old.

How often should my newborn see the doctor after the first checkup?

Newborns should see their pediatrician regularly during the first few months after birth. Babies grown and develop quickly during this time so it is important to have a pediatrician track your newborn’s growth and development to ensure everything is progressing within the normal range.

Your newborn’s first checkup in Abingdon and Marion, VA, should occur within a few days of leaving the hospital and a follow-up appointment should be scheduled for two weeks from the date of the first checkup. A third checkup should be scheduled for when your newborn reaches two months of age. Your newborn will continue seeing the pediatrician every two to three months up until about 18 months of age, after which time there is usually a longer interval between checkups.

Does my newborn need any vaccinations or immunizations?

Children can be immunized against a large number of deadly diseases thanks to the development of vaccinations. Some vaccinations are administered within the first few months following birth. For instance, the first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine can be administered at birth, with a second dose administered at one or two months of age, and a third dose administered several months later.

Royal Oak Pediatric Associates follows the immunization schedule and guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The medical professionals at Royal Oak Pediatric Associates can provide more details about the immunization schedule for your newborn, including what types of vaccinations are needed and when they are administered.

One of the most important things you can do to care for your newborn is to schedule regular pediatric appointments so the doctor can monitor your baby’s health, growth, and development. Your newborn can also receive important vaccinations on schedule during these appointments. To schedule your newborn’s next checkup with Dr. Henley or ask any questions about newborn care, contact Royal Oak Pediatric Associates at (276) 783-8183 for the Marion, VA, office or (276) 525-4603 for the Abingdon, VA, office.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associate
September 07, 2018

Child Sports PhysicalTeam sports are a great way for school aged children to maintain a healthy weight, socialize and make new friends, engage in healthy competition, achieve personal and team goals, and learn valuable skills and life lessons. But just like any activity that requires physical exertion and carries an inherent risk of even minor injuries, most schools and athletic programs will require that every child is healthy enough and able to participate before getting started. The pediatricians at Royal Oak Pediatric Associates Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Tara Etter, and Dr. Leesa Lawrence offer school and sports physicals in Marion, VA, to help get your kids ready to play.

School and Sports Physicals in Marion, VA

Even if your child is in good health and has already undergone a standard check up or wellness check with their pediatrician, schools and athletic programs require comprehensive sports physicals to make sure that your child will be able to meet the physical demands of the program, and to minimize liability for potential injuries and accidents.

A sports physical typically covers the basics like checking vision, weight and height, basic reflexes, and blood pressure. Depending on the type of activity, they may also check for joint function and muscle strength and flexibility. If your child suffers from a health condition like asthma, diabetes, or is obese/overweight, getting a sports physical and following specific medical guidelines will be especially important (however underlying health conditions are not necessarily a deterrent to joining a sports team and getting necessary physical activity).

After the evaluation is complete and the pediatrician determines that it is safe for your child to participate, they will fill out the required forms or provide documentation to present to the school to get started.

Find a Pediatrician in Marion, VA

For more information about school and sports physicals and getting your child cleared to participate in a sport or physical activity, contact Royal Oak Pediatric Associates by calling (276) 783-8183 to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians today.





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