Health Tip: Choosing Your Child's Therapist

-- If your child has emotional, behavioral or certain physical problems, a therapist may help your child learn to cope with these issues.

The Nemours Foundation offers these guidelines for choosing your child's therapist:

  • Make sure the therapist is licensed to practice in your state, and is also covered by your health insurance.
  • Research the therapist's credentials and experience, particularly in working with children.
  • Look for a therapist who is friendly and good with children, and who you think your child would like.
  • Ask about the therapist's policies -- such as what happens if you must cancel an appointment, or what to do if there's an emergency and the therapist is not available.
  • Look for a therapist who is also willing to meet with the parents.

Posted: November 2008


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