Being a parent is one the most rewarding life-experiences anyone could ask for. The joy that a happy, loving child brings into a parent’s world is unsurpassed. In the same breath, there is no greater pain than realizing your child may be “behind” others or needs “extra help” in some areas. Some children are diagnosed with a disorder or syndrome. Regardless of the severity of the deficit, it is challenging to come to terms with the idea that your child needs some kind, any kind of therapy. Some parents are dumbfounded and cannot cope with the recommendations given by a doctor or teacher. Other parents spring into action; “surfing the web” calling support groups, and trying to gather information on anything and everything that can be done to help their child. The experience can be overwhelming and devastating for a parent. Here are a few points to consider when navigating the “therapy world.”
Signs may include a doctor or teacher suggesting therapy, a child feeling down about his or her abilities, signs of sensory integration dysfunction (Sensory Integration)
~ the ULTIMATE sign is when YOU (the parent or caregiver) intuitively feel something is “not right”. Then the question becomes: do I act on this feeling? Do I seek out therapy? We at Building Blocks Pediatrics feel that an evaluation is a harmless way to learn if there truly is a deficit or weakness to address. Sometimes evaluations lead to simple recommendations for the home setting and therapy is not recommended.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do children need Occupational, Speech, or Physical Therapy?
Pediatric therapy is valuable to children who are not meeting age-appropriate, developmental milestones. Therapists are trained to understand how children develop and can train caregivers and family members to address developmental delays in the home. More