Paulette - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
My son has just turned 6, he has only been recently diagnosed and is high functioning most of the time. He has been seeing a Psychologist and Speech Pathologist and we have seen some slight improvements in his behaviour and expressive language. We have just received a grant to help out with some more therapies and it was suggested we try an Occupational Therapist. Anyway I contacted a lady who came out to the house to do an O/T assessment. She advised me that it would take an hour but she preferred if I did not sit in because she felt that children reacted differently around their parents. So I left them alone in a room with the doors closed while I entertained my other 2 children. At the end of about 50 minutes they emerged from the room and my son immediately ran outside. I quickly spoke to the therapist before she left and she said that she would prepare a report with what she recommended and would email me a copy in a couple of days and she would then contact me to discuss it. Of course it has now nearly been a week and I haven't received any report nor heard from her again.
My biggest concern however is the reaction my son had from the O/T assessment. As I already mentioned he has been having other therapies and he has seemed to enjoy them however after the O/T left he just ran around the house inside and out continuously for 2 hours grunting. He was extremely distressed and nothing we said or did seemed to help. Anyway a couple of days later when he was being calm I asked him if he like "Megan" (the O'T) he immediately looked away and started grunting and refused to speak. My son has seen alot of doctors, therapists, teachers etc and he has never had this kind of reaction to any adult before. Anyway after a little while he finally said he didn't like her because she touched him and he then touched my arm, which I assume was his way of describing to me what happened. I again thought this was very strange as he has never complained of people touching him before. So I asked him why he didn't like it and he said that the teacher at school had told them they weren't to touch each other. I did ask his teacher but she said she may have said that to a couple of other children but it was never directed at my son.
I guess I am just a bit confused and worried about the reaction my son seemed to have to his O/T session. Is this just a normal response to this particular type of therapy? Is that the idea behind the therapy to completely stress them? Is it the norm that the parents are not involved and don't know what is going on during the session? Sorry for my ignorance but my son and I have only had positive experiences so far with other therapies but my son seems to have regressed after the O/T session and he was completely uncontrollable for 2 hours.
Please let me know what your experiences have been as I am a bit freaked out by my son's reaction. Thanks for listening :)