You should never be afraid to ask your therapist about what is on your mind. Working 14 years as an occupational therapist, I have realized that my clients often do not ask me the questions that are really on their minds. Of course, I try to tease that out when we meet and ensure I address the most common questions that parents in your situation ask. Please consider these five questions, no matter what type of therapist or doctor you see or for what type of issue.
Five Questions to Ask Your Therapist or Doctor
1. Ask Your Therapist What You’re Really Thinking About.
No question is off limits or is something that your therapist hasn’t been asked before. There is no such thing as a stupid question.
2. Ask Any & Every Wild Question Your Family Has Asked You.
You’ve made the big and somewhat scary decision to see a therapist for help with your child. Don’t undermine your confidence and resolve by failing to get all the questions hanging in the air answered, including your loved one’s questions.
3. Ask Your Therapist What You Can & Should Do to Make Your Treatment Better.
Your enthusiastic participation in helping your child will go a long way to improving your child’s chances of success. Understanding exactly what your therapist is recommending and assigning at home will save you time and reduce frustration.
4. Ask Why Your Therapist Recommends a Particular Treatment / Course of Action for Your Child.
Your therapist wants you to understand where they’re coming from. They want you to know what they think and what the pros and cons are. They also want you to be informed and on board with your child’s treatment. You can only do that if you understand the rationale behind the treatment sessions.
5. Ask Your Therapist for Specific Recommendations to Work on With Your Child at Home.
You may have come in with some preconceived notions and ideas, and it can be difficult to let go of them. Even if you completely agree with the recommendations, your child’s treatment will go a lot more smoothly, and your stress levels will be a lot less if you understand these as well as you can.