When your child is struggling, finding yourself on the waitlist to see a clinician can be extremely frustrating. But you’re not without options. There are steps you can take at home to help yourself and your child feel better prepared for the appointment. Focusing on getting informed, building skills, and bolstering self-esteem can make the wait less stressful and more productive.
Here are some suggestions to help families make the most of the wait, whatever challenges you’re coping with.
Kids who learn differently often struggle with low self-esteem. Here’s how parents can help.
School specialists like tutors, coaches, and homework helpers can make a big difference.
Giving your child’s teacher a heads-up about their learning style and needs can help smooth the way.
Anxiety and Avoidance
How to recognize anxiety in kids.
How to spot the signs of a disorder, and what parents can do to help.
Helping children calm down and manage fears.
ADHD and Attention Problems
How to get the right diagnosis for a young child.
Planning and preparation can make homework more manageable.
Giving your child the tools they need to succeed can make all the difference.
Understanding why kids act out is the first step to finding solutions.
Helping children gain the skills they need to manage big feelings without acting out.
A guide to more confident, consistent and effective parenting.
Tips for how to support kids who are struggling.
What parents need to know about therapy, medication and finding a good clinician.
What parents can do to help kids in severe distress.
Speech and Language
Tips for helping kids learn to express themselves.
What does a speech and learning evaluation look like?
Learning Disability Diagnosis and English Language Learners
How parents can help kids get the right support.
Sensory Processing Issues
Tips for helping kids with sensory processing issues.
Helping kids change gears without stress.
Planning activities that maximize fun and minimize meltdowns.
Return to Connect to Care for more information about getting kids help.