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      In the video, I appreciated that the psychologist started with questions about what do they know so far and what are some initial thoughts/feelings.  I think this is always an important place to start so that we can truly meet the family where they are at, and it avoids unnecessary assumption making.

      I often find that checking in with parents 1:1 prior to consults can be helpful with this population. Understandably, parents have their own emotional reactions to the information shared about their child’s diagnosis and treatment, and may not always feel comfortable processing those emotions while their child is present in the room. This may result in declining further information or conversation due to feeling overwhelmed, or wanting to protect their child from information they fear may harm them.

      For parents who have hesitations about their child being present or aware of these conversations, we can address those concerns proactively, normalize their feelings, and help them understand the “why” behind these consultations. These families are confronted with so many unknowns throughout this entire process, so preparation can really make a difference in the success of these conversations.

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