Published by Madhushree
a month ago
Have you got a new client? We think that can be a fascinating factor as it allows you to meet new children, understand how each person is different and see how you can help them learn and grow into wonderful people. It also allows you to recognize the importance of dealing with new clients and to figure out varied ways of facing new situations. As we all know, children may find it difficult to meet new people and spend time with them.
It becomes the therapist's responsibility to initiate a friendly conversation with a child when they meet you for the first time and have a calm, composed, and fun attitude. It becomes important to develop a positive relationship with the client to start a successful journey as first impressions can have a great impact.
Does this make you feel nervous about how things might turn out?
Take a look at our expert tips to make your first session a success.
Introducing yourself and first impressions can be the first step in developing a good relationship with your client. Greet them with a smile, good energy, and a calm voice. Initiate a conversation with your child by letting them know your name.
Exchanging small gestures such as a high five or a handshake allows the child to develop a friendly relationship with you. Use simple gestures the child is aware of, as this can show the child that both of you are on the same page regarding building a rapport.
Make sure the child is relaxed and in a calm space. Introduce a few toys or games to see what the child likes or dislikes. Reinforcers can be great icebreakers
Establish an empathizing relationship with the child. Build rapport and trust by actively listening to the child’s feelings and experiences. This will help the child feel comfortable to open up and share their feelings and thoughts.
Introduce certain clear boundaries and expectations for the session. This will allow the child to understand what is expected of them, what they may learn in the session, and what the outcome will be.
Social stories visually allow the child to understand the new situation they are facing and can benefit the child in easing into a new situation. Create a social story showing them what can be expected of the session. Make it colorful and fun.
Take time to understand the child’s perspective and experiences. This will help you tailor your interventions and support the child’s specific needs and concerns.
Give your child space to express their feelings and thoughts, and also give them the opportunity to learn new techniques to deal appropriately with their emotions.
Overall, the key to a successful first therapy session for the child aims to create a safe and supportive environment allowing the child to be comfortable and free to express themselves. Empathizing with the child’s feelings, needs, and wants will help build trust, a good rapport, healthy relationship with the client and you can provide them with tools and techniques to navigate challenges and grow into amazing individuals.