INITIAL PHONE CALL
“Something isn’t right with my child, and I’d like to talk with someone about it.”
PARENT MEETING
“I want to be honest, but I’ve become used to covering up and sometimes denying how things are.”
PARENT-CHILD MEETING
“I hope my child can do everything they ask him to do.”
FEEDBACK & SUPPORT
“Deep inside I’m still hoping they’ll say it’s just a phase. She’ll be fine.”

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At Fraser, we know that finding help for your child can feel uneasy and overwhelming. That’s why we’ve provided this section. Here you can learn about how Fraser can help, hear insights from real parents, and learn from Fraser clinicians and staff members.

Click on a quote to get started. We’re here to help.

“I felt really listened to and less alone.” –Fraser Parent

5 THINGS TO KNOW

We’ll talk about your child’s social, emotional, physical, and academic needs. Click on each category to see questions and topics that may be covered.

SOCIAL
ACADEMIC
PHYSICAL
EMOTIONAL

Is your child able to communicate his/her wants and needs?

Does your child speak or tend to point to things to communicate?

Is your child able to hold a conversation with friends?

Does he/she make eye contact?

Does your child talk with adults?

Is your child interested in other children?

Does your child prefer to be with parents/adults?

Does your child play together or separately when around other children?

“It is OK to say everything in the meeting. It felt like unburdening myself in a safe place.” – Fraser Parent

5 THINGS TO KNOW

HELPFUL DETAILS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE


  • This meeting is for parents and/or caregivers only. In order to make the best use of our time together and to have an open conversation about your concerns regarding your child, we respectfully request that you arrange for childcare for the child we are meeting to discuss as well as any other children.

  • Maps to all locations are available at http://fraser.org/About-Fraser/Locations

  • We have free guest parking at all of our locations, however, spaces are limited at our Minneapolis location. If you find the need to park in a “Reserved Only” spot, please tell the receptionist.

  • If you need directions or get lost, please call us at 612-767-7222.

  • Please bring all assessments and any other tests or reports your child has received.

“We didn’t feel judged. They took great care with my child and with me.” – Fraser Parent

5 THINGS TO KNOW

PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR A VISIT

Describe the visit to your child using words such as “play time, it’s like pre-school or daycare, a visit, or meeting.” Avoid words such as “evaluation, test, appointment, or assessment.”

For younger children, tell your child he/she will get to play with toys such as cars, games, dolls, and bubbles.

Let your child know it will NOT be like a doctor visit and there will be no shots. Bring items that comfort your child.

Let your child know you will stay at Fraser with him or her.

Let older children know the purpose of the visit is to learn more about how they solve problems, how they learn, what they like and dislike, how they like to communicate and be communicated with, about strengths and challenges, and what environments they prefer.

Let your child know the adults will mostly talk and he or she will talk and do things. Bathrooms and drinking fountains are nearby.

PRINTABLE PHOTO CARD

Knowing what things look like and what to expect can be helpful for your child. Click on the photo icons or names you want to add to a printable card to review with your child. Roll over photo to enlarge.

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Toys

Sensory Toys

Fraser staff and child

Parent and child at Fraser

Snack Time

“It’s not about a diagnosis. It’s about helping your child grow and develop. The diagnosis is just a door, for some, to resources and services.” – Fraser Staff

5 THINGS TO KNOW

CARING FOR YOU

Spend some time reflecting on what will work best for you before, during, and after the visit. For example:

  • Do you have a supportive person to attend the session with you? If you don’t have a spouse or partner who can attend with you, consider bringing a friend.

  • You might want some time to take in and process the feedback after the meeting and may want to avoid rushing back to work, another appointment, or activity. If possible, set aside some time after the visit to reflect and gather your thoughts.

  • Remember that this meeting is not about a diagnosis. It’s about helping your child grow and develop.

  • Try to stay focused on the here and now. Your child’s needs will change over time.

  • Fraser is here to support you and your family.

NEXT STEPS AFTER THIS MEETING

You might receive a lot of new information at this meeting. To help you organize and prioritize, here is a list of some common “next steps” depending on your situation:


  • Contact your pediatrician.

  • Contact your school district.

  • Connect with Fraser’s Parent Support network. (see www.fraser.org)

  • Contact a county social worker.