Explaining Multiple Diagnoses To Kids

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Finding developmentally appropriate, positive, non-overwhelming language to explain one diagnosis to a child is hard enough…

But what about when the child has multiple diagnoses?

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Handout: Child Feedback Language Guide

When talking to a child about their testing results, it’s hard to find language that is positive, developmentally appropriate, and not overwhelming. 

Over the past few months, I’ve shared a set of articles dedicated to finding this language and helping us explain common diagnoses to kids, including:

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Explaining (Reframing) Oppositional Behavior to Kids

The evolving conversation around neurodiversity celebrates the unique minds and superpowers of neurodivergent profiles such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, and more. 

But what about the kids who struggle with explosive, disruptive, or oppositional behaviors?

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How to Explain Dyslexia to Kids

The dyslexic adults I see often come in thinking they’re lazy, or broken, or worse, stupid.

As children, they were told that they had a deficit – and the conversation stopped there.  

When those same dyslexic adults and I do an assessment together, we learn that they are far from lazy, broken, or stupid.  In fact, we end up rewriting the narrative of their entire childhood.

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Handout: Kid-Friendly Assessment Summary

After the assessment is over, the next challenge is explaining the results to the child.  This is no easy task – understanding testing results is hard enough as an adult! 

So, how do we translate our often long and complex reports into child-friendly language, so that every kid leaves knowing how to explain their amazing brain?

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