How do I talk to my child about testing?

It is often reassuring to a child to explain that everyone is good at some things and not so good at others and that one of the reasons for seeing Dr. Hall is to help determine what things they are really good at and what things they need some help with so that parents and teachers know the best way to help them learn and get along at home and school. When talking to your child about the assessment process, it is best to not use the word “test” as this causes anxiety in many children. Instead talk about how they will work together with Dr. Hall on “tasks,” “projects,” and “questions.” Additionally, it is not uncommon for children to hear the word “doctor” and think that they will be having a physical exam, being poked and prodded or receiving a shot. It is helpful to reassure them that this is not the case.