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Mental Health Matters Newsletter April 2019
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Women's Therapy Group


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Preparing Your Child for an Educational or Psychological Evaluation
So, you've scheduled an evaluation to get some clarity about what is going on with your child...now what? How do you get your child ready?

There are two layers to ensure your child is well prepared for an evaluation. The first is emotionally preparing your child. Talk to your child about their evaluation ahead of time. Children do better and are less anxious when they know what to expect. Let them know you noticed they are struggling despite their hard work and they are going to come see someone to help figure out what they are really good at, what they need some help with, how the adults around them can best give them the support they need to do and feel their best, and ultimately make their life easier. A psychological evaluation is nothing to fear, nor is it something your child needs to study or practice for. This process should give them hope, not make them feel badly because they are struggling. Do not use the word "test" when talking to your child about the evaluation as this can create anxiety. Similarly, the word "game" can minimize the importance of the evaluation. For an educational evaluation you may want to use the word "activities" as it most accurately describes what your child will be doing. For a psychological evaluation you can explain the child will share information about their thoughts and feelings, both verbally and by filling out some surveys. If your child has questions about the evaluation you are unable to answer, help them write them down so they can ask the evaluator when they come to the appointment. Another important piece to remember is that children pick up on emotional cues from the adults around them... if you remain calm, they will be more at ease with this process. So, relax and just encourage your child to be honest and do their best!

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