Children who have experienced change and adversity in their lives often benefit from preparation for appointments and meetings. It is important to communicate what the child will be doing and why in a developmentally appropriate way that your child can understand. Below is an example of one way to prepare your child for his/her trauma screening appointment.
“On [day/time], we will be going to All Star Children’s Foundation for an appointment. We will be there from [time] to [time]. All Star is a place that helps children who have been through changes in their family. You will be meeting with a counselor who will ask you questions to learn about you, what do well, and what you may need some help with as you adjust to this new living situation. The people at All Star want to make sure you have all you need to be healthy and happy so it is important to be as honest as possible and tell them what you think you need.”