When you have developmental concerns about your child, it's important to communicate effectively with your doctor to address the situation.
1. Prepare in advance: Before the appointment, write down your concerns, observations, and questions. This will help you stay focused during the discussion with the doctor.
2. Choose the right time: Schedule an appointment specifically to discuss your concerns with the doctor, ensuring that there is enough time for a thorough conversation without feeling rushed.
3. Be specific: Clearly describe your concerns, providing specific examples of behaviors or developmental milestones that you find worrisome. This will help the doctor better understand the situation.
4. Video examples: Visual examples are so much better than word of mouth. Help clarify your concerns with specific video examples of what your child is doing that is concerning you. (This is why when getting a movement evaluation, we ask to see a video of your child. Get a free movement review of your child on our Facebook group, CLICK HERE)
5. Use a collaborative approach: Approach the conversation with the doctor as a collaboration rather than a confrontation. Emphasize that you value their expertise and want to work together to address your concerns.
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6. Listen actively: Pay attention to the doctor's responses, recommendations, and explanations. Take notes if necessary to help you remember important points.
7. Ask questions: Don't hesitate to ask questions if something is unclear or if you need more information. Request clarification or additional resources as needed.
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8. Discuss your observations: Share any observations you have made about your child's behavior, milestones, or any patterns you have noticed. These details can provide valuable insights for the doctor.
9. Express your worries: Be honest and open about your worries and anxieties. Sharing your concerns will help the doctor understand the emotional impact the situation has on you and your family.
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10. Request assessments or referrals: When you have a specific concern, look up the specialist that would address that concern and ask the doctor for assessments or referrals to specialists who can provide further evaluations or interventions. Advocate for your child's needs and don't take "wait and see" for an answer. Seek out 2nd, 3rd, 23rd opinions until you personally get an answer that gives you a complete understanding of your child's developmental needs.
11. Follow up: Follow up with any recommended actions or interventions after the appointment. Keep the doctor informed about your child's progress and reach out for further guidance if needed. Follow up on EVERYTHING. Be the squeaky wheel, and don't assume specialists are going to get back to you.
Remember, doctors are there to support you and your child. By effectively communicating your concerns, you can work together to address developmental issues and provide the best possible care for your child.
If you have any developmental concerns for your child, we want to be part of your child's care team here at Movement Lesson. If you haven't already received a free movement review to understand the developmental movement experiences your child missed, CLICK HERE.
Enjoy the movement education,
Michelle Turner and Erin Fulks