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Frequently Asked Questions

3. Answers to Typical Questions
   
  c. What should I tell my child before the first appointment?
   
  Most children will accept a simple explanation that parents are trying to learn how their child learns and how to best support her interests, talents, and abilities.  If the reason you are seeking services is to deal with a specific problem, the child should be told that parents are seeking help from Dr. Newman to guide them in solving the problem, and that the child will participate in the process by helping Dr. Newman.  You may notice that the focus is on parents needing help or wanting to learn something to help their child or to improve the situation.  Your child should be assured that she did not do anything wrong that led to this visit to the psychologist.  In most cases, it also helps to tell the child that Dr. Newman works with children who have interesting ideas and who love to be challenged.  If the child is anxious, showing the web site picture of Dr. Newman and looking at the art work, photos of children, and office photos on the web site may help lower the initial anxiety and discomfort that is often felt prior to the first appointment.  If needed, this question can be addressed in more depth during the parent interview and before the child interview.
 
   
 
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