Kids Corner-What kids say?
What do parents say?
“There were five women involved in the project waiting for us. They showed us around, and we immediately saw ‘the brain machine'. Tim was put to ease by being able to touch it and put a stuffed frog in for a brain scan. But it is huge, and can feel very scary. I feel they did a great job of explaining the process to us, and although Tim was a tiny bit nervous, he did a great job following their instruction. They have a laptop in the waiting room and Tim was able to practice the tests before going in the machine. They practiced until he was proficient and comfortable.
The first thing they do is show a nature video in the machine, just to relax the kids and get them acclimated. They were in constant communication with Tim, and he was never left alone in the room. One of them stood there and placed a hand on his leg the entire time he was in there. Tim asked to come out at one point to use the restroom and they were absolutely accommodating.
Meanwhile, I watched from a large window looking into the room from where the testing portion was administered and the pictures taken. I sat there the entire time with the researchers on the project, as they explained every thing they did. I was thrilled to be able to ask a million questions about the testing, the research and the process. It was a real education for me and fascinating. I wish I always had access to such experts...
Tim was very proud of himself for participating. They showered him with little gifts and praise after the test. He loves the pictures of his ‘big' brain (I am sure many of your kids saw them Monday because he insisted on bringing them to school!). He is now really looking forward to the next one…
Everyone we met was very kind and put us both at ease.
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