There are a host of emotional, behavioral, and psychological issues that can come up for a child who is dealing with a medical condition. Several PFPA psychologists have experience in working with kids and teens coping with an acute or chronic medical illness, injury, or developmental delay. Some medical conditions that can present with psychological complications include spina bifida, cerebral palsy, spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, pediatric HIV, asthma, sickle-cell disease, leukemia and other cancers, infant prematurity, and other health conditions. Psychologists can help you and your child adjust to a new medical diagnosis, cope with an acute or chronic health condition, and adhere to a medication regimen or rehabilitation therapy. They can help your child with the socio-emotional effects of prolonged hospitalization or help your child cope with medical procedures, pain management, school reintegration, and other developmental transitions. The goal is to improve the overall quality of life for the child and the entire family in the face of an illness or injury.