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Explanation of the findings to the parents

Both the psychologist and the paediatrician will provide a thorough explanation of their findings shortly after they have examined the child. It is well known that parents have difficulty remembering everything that they are told at an assessment, and often forget to ask questions. If you do not understand any aspect of the explanation, do not hesitate to ask questions at the end of the assessment, or to phone later with questions that occur to you.

You should also request that a copy of the assessment report be sent to you. It is a good idea to start a file in which all copies of reports pertaining to your child can be kept in chronological order. Such a file may be useful for professionals who see your child in the future.

Recommendation of an appropriate management plan

Having discussed the results of the assessment, the psychologist and paediatrician will be able to make recommendations about ways of helping your child. Remember that these are only suggestions: you know your child and family best, and will need to decide whether you feel that the recommendations are right for your child and your family. If you are unhappy with any of the suggestions, do not hesitate to tell the psychologist and paediatrician so that alternative strategies can be found.

It is usually beneficial if the psychologist or paediatrician speaks to your child’s teacher after the assessment. This allows discussion of the recommendations to ensure that they fit in with the school’s programme.

Review assessments

If a child’s problems resolve, reassessment will not be needed; however, if the child continues to have difficulties, further assessments should be carried out to monitor the child’s progress and ensure that his special needs are met. The interval between assessments is a matter for individual decision by the psychologist and paediatrician.

Psychologists cannot administer the same test to a child too frequently, as this enables him to learn how to do some of the tasks and so invalidates the result. Most tests cannot be repeated in less than 12 months.

Reviews may not always entail formal retesting, but may simply provide an opportunity to discuss how things are progressing. A report from the child’s teacher should be requested for all reviews.

 
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