(2017, May) | Useful to: Parents seeking to support and include their child in decisions regarding their care.
Treatment should never be a process done to your child. Rather, decisions about care should be implemented with your child’s input—as much as possible—with support, guidance, and assistance from you and other care team members.
The clinical report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Shared Decision-Making and Children with Disabilities: Pathways to Consensus, states that children, when cognitively able, should be involved in decisions about their care. Too often this is mistaken by parents and professionals to only mean “the big decisions,” but research shows that inclusion in smaller decisions as well can have a significant impact over time.
Presenting children with information—appropriate for their developmental age—can help in their understanding of their condition and treatments, reduce fear, and enhance self-confidence. This article shares several tips for parents to ensure that their child is appropriately informed:
To learn more about each of these tips and what they mean, read the article at:
SOURCE ARTICLE: Center for Parent Information & Resources
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