Reply To: How to approach a parent about developmental screening of their child?

  • Scion

    December 12, 2022 at 3:29 am

    Overall, I think it’s important to remain factual and logical about the information you’re about to share, while ensuring you are being as polite and accommodating to the family’s frayed emotions as possible. Before you go to the parents and/or family of the child in question, you need to have done good and thorough documented objective observations of the child– data that is based on evidence, and not opinion, as the module puts it. You want to come to the meeting or discussion with the family prepared and with resources. We don’t want to give the families reason to feel as if they are backed into a corner and need to get defensive or deflective. We want to come to them with a well prepared discussion as well as some options and referrals for moving forward. Everything we do and say is supposed to be for the best of the child, after all.