Behavioral Pediatric Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners

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Behavioral Pediatric Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners

SKU# 9780826118677

A Growth and Developmental Approach to Intercepting Abnormal Behaviors


  • Donna Hallas PhD, PPCNP-BC, CPNP, PMHS, FAANP
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Delivers strategic, evidence-based measures for recognizing and treating abnormal behaviors in children in the content of primary care practice

Written for practicing pediatric and family nurse practitioners, and PNP and FNP students, this pediatric primary care text expands on the crucial role of the healthcare provider to assess, identify, and intercept potential behavioral health problems. All parents want to see their child become a socially and emotionally healthy adult, but this cannot be the outcome for every family. When children miss their anticipated milestones, parents and the family dynamic is upset—parents question their parenting skills and their ability to raise a socially and emotionally healthy child. The content in this book is built on strategic, evidence-based measures to evaluate and treat behavioral health during each well-child visit across the pediatric life span and restore order to their patients and their families.

Behavioral Pediatric Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners is organized by developmental stages: infancy, toddlers, preschool-age, school-age, and adolescence. Each of these stages contains common behavioral problems and details their assessment, screening, intervention, and treatment. Chapters also include measurable standards for behavioral health and special topics in pediatric behavioral health and chronic medical conditions as they impact development. Every section features a case study that fosters critical thinking and demonstrates exemplary practices.

Key Features:

  • Focuses on the intercept of development and the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of behavioral problems
  • Addresses early identification and treatment of disorders for best outcome
  • Provides proven, case-based strategies for assessment, screening, intervention, and treatment
  • Includes contributions from highly qualified PNPs and PMHSs
  • Highlights cutting-edge research from pediatric primary care experts
  • Presents strategies for working with parents
  • Fosters critical thinking for making a correct diagnosis

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 19, 2018
  • Page Count 425
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826118677
  • EISBN 9780826116819

Table of Contents 



Foreword Judith Haber, PhD, APRN, FAAN




1 Intercepting Behavioral Health Problems: A Conceptual Model

Donna Hallas

2 Brain Development and Compelling Outcomes of Ineffective Parent–Child Bonding

Emily Schadt

3 Psychotropic Medications for Children and Adolescents

Erica D. Kierce

4 Social Determinants of Health and Effect on Behavioral Development

Julie Baldyga

5 Intercepting Stress and Behavioral Health Issues: Building Resiliency in Children

Mary Weglarz, Eileen Corcoran, Deborah Gutter, and Nina B. Colabelli


6 Identifying and Intercepting Behavioral Health Problems in Infancy

Donna Hallas

7 Infant Depression

Donna Hallas

8 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

LeAnne Elizabeth Rohlf

9 Case Study: Failure to Thrive or Child Abuse

James T. Mulholland, Stephanie Brown, and Paula Barbel

10 Identifying and Intercepting Behavioral Health Problems in Children With Inborn Errors of Metabolism

Bobbie Salveson

11 Case Study: Infant Colic

Kimberly Cifelli, Caroline Bourassa, Amanda Neilan, Kelsey Heiner, and Kristen Hay


12 Physical, Emotional, Social, and Behavioral Development of Toddlers

Mary Koslap-Petraco

13 Recognizing and Intercepting Problems During Toilet Training

Audra N. Rankin

14 Autism, Global Developmental Delays, and Genetic Syndromes

Nancy Kramer

15 Challenging Behaviors: Sleep Disorders in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Shayleigh K. Dickson

16 Toddler Impulsive Behaviors: A Case Study

Alexandra Barber, Amelia Burke, Maura Coburn, Jennifer Kiehl, and Alexandra Laurenzano


17 Intercepting Behavioral Health Problems in Preschool-Age Children

Jane A. Fox and Traci R. Bramlett

18 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Coexisting Disorders

Susan R. Opas

19 Onychophagia: A Case Study of Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior

Elizabeth Mandel, Yini Kong, and Isabel Gonzalez


20 Behavioral Health Assessment: School-Age Children

Katie Pink Tolley

21 Bullying and Other Behavioral Problems at School

Sally S. Cohen and James J. Weidel

22 Social Media and Behavioral Health: Normal and Abnormal Behaviors

Mary M. Rock


23 Identifying and Intercepting Behavioral Health Problems in Adolescents

Jeanette F. Green

24 Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Julie Schreiner

25 Neurological and Psychiatric Mental Health Disorder

Ingrid G. Cook

26 Neurological Disorders: Neurofibromatosis Type 1 and Tourette Syndrome

Beth Heuer

27 Care Management of Adolescents With Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Residential Treatment Centers

Therese W. Harrison

28 Case Study: Adolescent With a Substance Use Disorder

Katelyn Dalina, Mary Elizabeth Katinas, Samar Mohsen Ashmawi, and Donna Hallas


29 Child Behaviors Within Military Families

Jennifer Hensley

30 Child Abuse: Intercepting Behavioral Health Issues

Mary Weglarz, Eileen Corcoran, Deborah Gutter, Paula Barbel, Stephanie Brown, James T. Mulholland, and Nina B. Colabelli

31 Foster Care Children: Intercepting Behavioral Health Issues

Mary Weglarz, Eileen Corcoran, Deborah Gutter, and Nina B. Colabelli

32 Toxic Stress

Hillary Fairbanks

33 Trauma-Informed Care: Responding to Childhood Trauma

Mary Weglarz, Nina B. Colabelli, Deborah Gutter, and Eileen Corcoran

34 Supporting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender Child or Adolescent

Caroline Dorsen, Miles Harris, and Shyvon Paul

35 Holistic Care, Integrative Medicine, and Behavioral Health

Emily Schadt