Many parents ask how to prepare for their first appointment. The information below may help answer your questions. If you have other questions, please call us prior to your appointment.
For you: Please bring past records, including previous evaluations, and any other important information relating to your child and family.
For your child: It’s a good idea to talk with your child about the visit and offer reassurance that we are there to listen to him or her. Here are some suggestions for discussing the visit.
To a young child you might say: We brought you here because _______________. (For example: we want to help you safely express your big feelings like being mad; I know it’s been hard to move from mommy’s house and you may have some big feelings about missing mommy and having all these changes.)
To a school-age child, you might say: Just like you go to see your doctor if your tummy or ear hurts, children see special people, called therapists, when they have big feelings like feeling mad, sad, scared or worried. But, therapists don’t ever give shots! They use talking and playing to help children with these big feelings. And they help mommies and daddies too!
The general idea is to help children understand that it is fine to play and talk about challenging things. They are not here because they are “bad” or “in trouble,” but rather because some things are challenging and we are going to wonder together about how to help everyone feel a bit better.