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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
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
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.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associate
August 28, 2017
Tags: Well Child Visits  

Well-child visits play an important role in the health of your children. Marion, VA, pediatricians Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, Dr.Well Child Visits Tara Etter, and Becky Ewald, certified pediatric nurse practitioner, explain how your kids can benefit from the visits.

Hearing and vision problems are detected

Signs of hearing and visions problems can be very subtle in young children. For example, your child may not be ignoring you when he or she doesn't follow your instructions, but might not be able to hear you clearly. Vision loss can often be mistaken for coordination or balance problems or even learning disorders. If vision and hearing issues aren't diagnosed and treated early, school performance can be affected, as can your child's abilities to excel at games or sports.

Hearing and vision screenings conducted as part of well child visits will ensure that any issues that your child has will be promptly diagnosed and treated.

Visits ensure children are up-to-date on immunizations

Is your child up-to-date on his or her immunizations? Immunizations prevent your son or daughter from developing a range of common childhood illnesses and diseases, including:

  • Chicken pox
  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Meningitis
  • Diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis
  • Human papilloma virus
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Haemophilus influenza type B

Vaccinations protect your child from developing the diseases, but also prevent the spread of the illnesses to children who are too young to receive immunizations or children who can't receive the vaccines due to health conditions.

Well child visits track development and growth

When your child receives regular well-child exams in our Marion office, we can track their growth and development from visit to visit and note any issues of concern. Early intervention is the key to ensuring that your child doesn't suffer lasting effects from developmental delays. Visits also provide the opportunity for you to discuss any questions you may have about your child's development, behavior or health conditions.

Protect your child's health with regular well-visits. Call Marion, VA, pediatricians Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, Dr. Tara Etter, and Becky Ewald, CPNP at (276) 783-8183 to schedule an appointment.