A clinician from Boston Children's Hospital will meet with your child several times each week to build a relationship with them, gain some insight and understanding of your child's issues and develop a plan for treatment.
The clinician will also assess your child and make recommendations for medications if necessary.
Your involvement is critical to your child's treatment. You have the greatest understanding of how your child responds to stress and what has been helpful in the past.
You are asked to bring any medical records and psychiatric or school testing (if available) to the first family meeting. It is also a good idea to write down any questions or suggestions you might have pertaining to your child's treatment.
You will be asked to attend at least two family meetings per week. These meetings provide an important opportunity for the family to improve communication, identify stumbling blocks to getting along and plan for changes at home.
Clinicians will usually meet first with the parent(s) alone and then have the child join for the second part of the meeting. Some children may become upset during these meetings if sensitive issues are addressed and may need to leave meetings for a time to calm down before returning. The staff on the unit will support children so they may return to the family meeting as soon as possible.