Next week we'll be travelling to KKI in Baltimore for an evaluation for 5 year old DD. It'll be 4 hours of testing (ADOS by a SLT and dev. ped. appt after that)....We'll be leaving at 5am and driving 2.5 hours. Then the testing itself. My mom is going with me. Any tips on preparing DD and things to do that day to make it go a little smoother? I'll probably end up telling DD the night before (too far ahead and she gets more anxious). I'll definitely be packing lots of snacks and some activities for the car/waiting room. I'm waiting for a call back from KKI asking for details about what to expect that day so I can plan.
Also, how do you explain the eval to your older child? DD is very observant and sensitive and feels very put on the spot during evals, so it's important that I'm positive and confident (easier said than done)....She's had evals before, but they've all been local and with the same group of therapists. This is going to be a lot for her (the travelling--she doesn't travel well; early wake up, new environment, etc.)