Pediatrics Bend Oregon

We’re passionate about caring for your kids. To us, true health encompasses all elements of physical, emotional, mental, and social wellness. 

Our behavioral health experts can guide you and provide practical tools for raising happy, healthy kids. And if you need more support, we can connect you to local counselors and therapists for additional help with behavioral and mental health challenges.

We support behavioral health for kids and families

How your child is feeling and behaving can have a profound impact on their quality of health. Behavioral health refers to the connection between mental, behavioral, or addictive behaviors and physical and emotional well-being. 

  • Adjusting to and enjoying school
  • Taking care of their bodies
  • Sleeping well
  • Making friends
  • Coping with changes with home or family
  • Responding to stress or worries
  • Regulating behavior
  • Eating well and being active
  • Changing substance use habits
  • Making meaning in life
  • Improving relationships

Our team can also help your family address issues and concerns related to anxiety, ADHD, learning disabilities, gender identity, eating disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse, depression, grief, and suicide care.

Collaboration and Caring
Our holistic, integrated approach involves an ongoing collaboration between parents, pediatricians, caregivers and teachers to ensure kids are getting the support they need to be happy and well-adjusted. It takes a village of caring, loving adults to raise healthy children. We’re happy to be a part of yours.

Practical Tools & Advice for Parents

Parenting is the toughest (and most rewarding) job there is! Sometimes, it’s hard to know if your child’s behavior and emotional challenges are normal development stages or bigger issues that require professional help. 

Contact our pediatricians and behavioral specialists for advice and strategies for any of your parenting concerns or questions – big or small. We’re here to help.

Behavioral Health Classes & Support Groups

We offer classes and support for topics like mindfulness and ADHD to give kids and parents information and tools for creating balanced, healthy lives. Ask your pediatric provider about upcoming Mosaic opportunities to connect and learn.

“I’m so grateful for what I learned in this class. I’m an educator and thought I already knew everything I needed to know about ADHD. But I got practical ideas that changed the way I solve problems with my son who has ADHD.”

Is this just a normal developmental stage? Or something else?

For some kids, behavioral or emotional difficulties can cause long-lasting problems at school, at home, or with friends. How do you know when they need extra support?

When to get help for your child’s behavioral and emotional issues

When your child’s behavior lasts longer than several weeks and is disrupting their ability to function at school, with family, and friends, you may want to consider seeking help. The National Institute of Health offers helpful guidelines for determining if your child needs professional support:

Younger kids may need help if they:

  • Have frequent tantrums or are intensely irritable much of the time
  • Often talk about fears or worries
  • Complain about frequent stomach aches or headaches with no known medical cause
  • Are in constant motion and cannot sit quietly (except when they are watching videos or playing video games)
  • Sleep too much or too little, have frequent nightmares, or seem sleepy during the day
  • Are not interested in playing with other children or have difficulty making friends
  • Struggle academically or have experienced a recent decline in grades
  • Repeat actions or check things many times out of fear that something bad may happen.

Older kids, adolescents, and teens may need help if they:

  • Have lost interest in things that they used to enjoy
  • Have low energy
  • Sleep too much or too little, or seem sleepy throughout the day
  • Are spending more and more time alone, and avoid social activities with friends or family
  • Fear gaining weight, or diet or exercise excessively
  • Engage in self-harm behaviors (e.g., cutting or burning their skin)
  • Smoke, drink, or use drugs
  • Engage in risky or destructive behavior alone or with friends
  • Have thoughts of suicide
  • Have periods of highly elevated energy and activity, and require much less sleep than usual
  • Say that they think someone is trying to control their mind or that they hear things that other people cannot hear.

If your child is engaging in unsafe behavior or talking about hurting themselves or others, call 911 or take them to the hospital immediately.

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