Because of the emotional impact of the diagnosis, parents need to be able to talk with you more than once. Often it is helpful to leave the room for a period of time after the initial diagnosis has been delivered. Anxiety often blocks the ability to absorb information, and the family may need to have the diagnosis explained more than once. This response is normal and has nothing to do with their intelligence. Allow them some private time and then return 10 to 15 minutes later to review the information. Let the family know that you are available if they would like to schedule another appointment to talk about the diagnosis again or to answer any questions.
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