Diagnoses are names used to label a specific set of symptoms that are being experienced by a child.
The diagnosis or labelling of the cluster of symptoms then helps to narrow down and specifically tailor:
A diagnosis helps the child and their carers (parents, teachers, health professionals, carers) to:
Diagnoses can be helpful in helping those that live or work with a child who has a diagnosis to understand the ‘big picture’.
However, even though the diagnosis describes a cluster of symptoms, most Allied Health practitioners work to positively influence the symptoms the child is living with rather than working to the diagnosis itself.
As such, the diagnosis of often less important in the treatment process than is commonly believed. Diagnosis alone often does not influence the treatment rendered to a child.
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