What is the best way to prepare my child for the evaluation?

We recommend telling your child in advance of the first testing session that he or she will be receiving an evaluation.  Please make sure your child obtains a good night’s sleep the night before the evaluation and has a nutritious meal(s) the day of the evaluation.  You can tell your child he or she will be receiving a “learning and mood check-up” and that the clinician will be administering a variety of paper-and-pencil and computerized tasks.  Additionally, the clinician will be talking with your child about his or her mood and behavior.  As young children may believe they are seeing their regular doctor and may get a shot, please let them know they will not receive any shots during the evaluation.  During the testing sessions, your child will receive breaks, and he or she can bring a snack and drink for when breaks are taken.