Primary caregivers and the child or adolescent are expected to attend the first appointment. During this appointment the parents and child are interviewed. The child is typically interviewed separately for a portion of time. Referral information and questionnaires are reviewed and clarified with the child and family.
The initial appointment may range in length from 1-1/2 to 2 hours. In some cases, 2 or 3 appointments may be required to complete the basic assessment.
When the assessment is complete, the clinician will discuss the findings with the child or adolescent and family. Generally, this will include a diagnosis and a specific plan for further assessment, or recommendations for further treatment and intervention, with suggestions for where this might take place. A report will be prepared and sent to the appropriate people.
When a child has been accepted to the waiting list, questionnaires regarding developmental and family history and symptom checklists are sent to the parents / caregivers to complete. We will also send a questionnaire to be completed by the child's teacher.
For adolescents, we need the same information, plus the adolescent needs to complete a self report.
A request is also made to the parents / caregivers to bring all relevant previous assessment reports to the first visit.
After our assessment and consultation is complete, children and families who require long-term intervention are directed to resources in the community.