Processing a Diagnosis: Tips for the Feedback Session and the Weeks that Follow

As a psychologist who mainly focuses on evaluations, I quickly become familiar with families. I have many frank discussions with parents where we talk about a child’s strengths, areas for growth, and ultimately diagnoses, all with the purpose of leading to better outcomes. Some welcome a diagnosis and view it as a way to access treatment, while others are fearful of labeling their child. Clinically, diagnoses are meant to communicate clusters of symptoms between practitioners to help guide treatment – but they frequently mean so much more to the family and even to the child. Autism is a diagnosis that usually carries considerable weight for the family, far more significant than simply descri

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