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Checklist: Questions to Ask Your Child’s Doctors and Specialists

By Beth Arky

Do you know what questions to ask your child’s doctors and specialists? This checklist of questions can help you get the information you need. Refer to it before every office visit. Be prepared to take notes during the visit. And be sure to ask for clarification if your provider uses terms that are unfamiliar.

Questions to Ask Providers Before Your Child Starts Any Kind of Treatment or Therapy
Questions for Providers Who Prescribe Medication
Questions for Providers Who Recommend Behavioral Therapy

Asking questions is important for ensuring your child receives the best possible care. You might not always agree with your child’s doctor. There are ways to work through disagreements. You can also check out expert advice on how to work well with doctors and specialists.

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Kelli Johnson, M.A., is an educational speech-language pathologist, working with students from early childhood through 12th grade.

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