My Child Has an Interview

Before the Interview

•     Tell your child that they will be meeting with a specialist about what was reported

•     Give your child a day or two’s notice to feel comfortable with this appointment

•     Give your child permission to talk to the interviewer about what they have told you.

•     It is important that you do not rehearse with your child what they should say.

After the Interview

•     Show your child that you’re interested in their experience. It’s okay to ask how things went, like what the room was like and if the interviewer was nice.

•     Don’t press your child for specifics. The purpose of the interview is so the child doesn’t have to keep repeating the discomforting details.

•     Most children feel relieved after the interview and may seem like their normal selves. Some children may show other feelings, such as sadness or fear about the circumstance.