Before your first appointment, we will ask you to complete questionnaires about your child’s symptoms, quality of life and other topics. This information will help us make the best treatment plan for your child.
Your child's first appointment with the Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CHAMP) will be with both a parent or guardian and the child. It will last approximately four hours. A psychiatrist, psychologist or another expert will talk with you and your child about topics such as your child’s current symptoms, school performance, your family history, home life, and other significant events in your lives. We will talk with parents separately, the child separately, and everyone together.
After the evaluation appointment, the CHAMP team reviews all of the information from your child’s evaluation and other assessments to determine a diagnosis and treatment plan for your child. We will then work with your family to schedule a feedback appointment to take place about a week after your first appointment.
During the feedback appointment, we will discuss the results of the evaluation and talk with you about your child’s diagnosis. We will provide information about the diagnosis to help you better understand and cope with your child’s emotions and behaviors. We will also discuss recommendations for treatment. Your child’s treatment might include therapy with a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health professional. In some cases, we may also recommend medication to help manage your child’s symptoms.
We will work closely with your child’s pediatrician and other specialist to provide the best coordinated care. If you don’t live near CHOP, we can refer you to a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist closer to your home. We will talk to this person about your child’s diagnosis and treatment plan.
Preparing for your visit
In most cases, insurance will cover the cost of CHAMP appointments. CHOP has insurance specialists who can help resolve any insurance issues.
If you have records from any previous evaluations (including educational testing, psychiatric assessments, or individual education plans), it is important to bring these to your first appointment.