What to expect on your child’s first visit
Your child’s first appointment at Five Counties 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.
When you arrive at the Centre for the first time, you will check in with a receptionist and complete consent forms and for some services fill out a questionnaire on your child’s development. You will then be directed to the waiting area and the therapist will meet you there.
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. At the end of the assessment, the team will summarize their observations, provide you with their recommendations and discuss any next steps.
During the assessment, the therapist will discuss your child’s developmental milestones and your concerns about your child’s development. The therapist will have your child complete some activities to observe and measure your child’s development and to determine if there is a need for therapy service. The therapist will discuss the findings with you, recommend that therapy be offered and possibly make suggestions for activities that you can do at home. You will also receive a written report by mail a few weeks after the assessment is completed.
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 the 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.