Tag Archives: how to explain a diagnosis

Parent Handout: Talking to Kids About Testing (Spanish and English)

When I talk to parents about assessment, many express a common concern:

“When we tell her she’s getting tested, she’ll think something’s wrong with her!”

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Intellectual Disability and Child Feedback

When Dr. Skye McLennan picked up 6-year-old Noah from his classroom for his first testing session, she asked him if he knew why he was coming with her. 

“Because I was bad?” he hesitantly replied.  

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Spreadsheet: Visuals and Videos for Feedback Sessions

Feedback sessions can be very talk-heavy.

Even if I am diligent about using the child’s words, it still can be a lot of language for a young person to process! 

To help, I started collecting child-friendly videos, graphics, books, celebrity profiles, and websites that relate to specific diagnoses and the power of neurodiversity.   You can find them all in the spreadsheet below.

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Explaining Multiple Diagnoses To Kids

For the complete How to Explain a Diagnosis to Kids series, visit www.BrainBuildingBook.com.

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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