CAREGIVER INFORMATION GUIDE
Your Child's First Appointment

What to Expect

Your child’s first appointment at the Cochrane Temiskaming Children’s Treatment Centre may be approaching. You may find yourself starting to get slightly nervous about what will happen during the assessment, and what you should ask or talk about with the therapists.

Your first appointment is an opportunity for you to meet the therapist(s) who will be involved with your child, and for our therapist(s) to do a preliminary assessment of your child’s strengths and needs.

You will be encouraged to ask questions, and provide information regarding your child. You are welcome to invite other family members, caregivers or professionals involved with your child to attend the assessment. At the end of the assessment, the therapist(s) will summarize their findings, provide you with recommendations and discuss next steps.

To make the best use of this time with the therapist(s), here are some suggestions:

    • Write down any questions, or concerns you have, and bring them along to the assessment
    • Bring some paper to jot things down.
    • If you are not clear about a comment or suggestion, or terminology used, you are encouraged to ask for clarification. Sometimes, we use acronyms and medical terms out of habit and need to remember to explain them.
    • Make sure you are clear about what the next steps will be with each of the therapists that may be involved (e.g., recheck appointment, group sessions, etc.).
    • If you have any concerns or questions about the assessment process, please share them with us.

There are different approaches to service at the Cochrane Temiskasming Children’s Treatment Centre. All are based on the best available evidence as to what is the most effective approach to your child’s particular needs, the goals you have for your child and the results of your child’s assessment. Therapy interventions may include parent/caregiver training, direct one to one work with your child in individual or group sessions, consultations to daycare centres, schools or community agencies. We will discuss with you the approach most suitable for your child and develop a therapy plan at one of your initial appointments.

In all cases, parents are strongly encouraged to actively participate and to follow through on home recommendations.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Privacy and Social Media

  • The Centre takes great care to protect the privacy of clients, visitors and employees.
  • If you wish to photograph or video your child while he/she is involved in services at the Centre, we ask that you first discuss this with your therapist to ensure that this does not interfere with therapy, and that the privacy of others is protected. Unless other consent has been provided, the images may only include your child and you/your family. You must also have permission from your therapist to take any images of him/her.

Centre Emergency Procedures

  • Familiarize yourself with the Centre emergency procedures
  • The Centre is obligated to practice emergency procedures on a regular basis.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause while you are attending an appointment.

Centre Closures

  • In case of inclement weather, your safety and the safety of your child are important.
  • Closures are posted on the Centre website and announced on our phone system.
  • If the Centre is open during inclement weather, please check local travel conditions before coming to your child’s appointment. Please call to cancel your appointment if you do not feel it is safe to travel.

Vehicle Safety

  • All children should be secured in a vehicle using an appropriate car seat.

Personal Property

  • The Centre does not take responsibility for the loss of personal items while you are on Centre property. Please ensure that you keep your valuables with you at all times.