Your Child's First Appointment

Your child’s first appointment at the Niagara Children’s centre is coming up.  You may find yourself starting to get a bit nervous about what will happen during the assessment, and what you should ask or talk about with the therapists.  

Your first appointment is an opportunity for you and your child to meet the assessment team, and for the team to do a preliminary assessment of your child’s strengths and needs.  You will remain in the room during the assessment, and will be encouraged to ask questions, and provide information regarding your child.  You are welcome to invite other professionals involved with your child to attend the assessment.  At the end of the assessment, the team will summarize their observations, provide you with their recommendations and discuss next steps.

To make the best use of this time with the team, here are some suggestions:

  • Jot down any questions, or concerns you have, and bring them along to the assessment. 
  • Call a few days ahead of the appointment to confirm date, and time
  • Bring some paper to write down points made, or therapy suggestions to enable you to share the outcome of the assessment with other family members, or health professionals.  Perhaps bring along a friend or family member to make notes. 
  • If you are not clear about a comment or suggestion, or terminology used, please do not hesitate to ask for clarification.  Sometimes we use medical terms or acronyms out of habit and need to remember to explain them. 
  • Make sure you are clear about what the next steps will be with each of the team members, for example, individual therapy sessions, a recheck appointment, a group session, etc.   
  • If you have any concerns or questions about the assessment process, please share them with us.
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