I feel like doing therapy for my son by myself. Any moms who did?

Sofia - posted on 07/24/2016 ( 6 moms have responded )

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He is a highly skilled 3 year old, issues are having a lot of language , words , phrases andsentences and he uses them not in the right moments, when asked questions he responds sometimes, he answers to questions like what color is this, he is responding to those more, but a question like: do you want to go the pool ( he doesn give you a yes), he know he is going and gets happy but he doesn't give you that feedback verbally. His gross motor and fine skills very good, coordination, overall healh. Is that interaction the problem and that he doesn't socialize much at preschool. He is super happy and doesn't bother , no tantrums, but doesn't join circle time, some games etc.
I paid speech therapy, and felt like I can do what she was doing at home myself, specially since the amount he was receiving was so little , two half hours a week. I am paying aba and I am very disappointed at the level of engagement of the therapist, again I feel I do betther when I work with him. I am seriously thinking on stopping the search of that great therapist and educate myself more and more , I am a stay home mom, and I know him better thatn anybody, my heart is shouting me make a schedule and work with him religiously yourself. ANy thoughts , ideas, thanks a lot! I don't want to put him in the state program, I always did private therapy.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/25/2016

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If you are not a professional therapist, I do not recommend it. Yes, you can work in conjunction with a professional, but to do it on your own is not recommended

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Sofia - posted on 07/25/2016

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Thank you , you know what i am talking about. Yes, my plan is to keep looking and see what new i can find, but keep putting the majority of therapy time myself. I am taking an aba course, but for what i have seen nothing that any well motivated mom could not do. I will try to have some professional advice from time to time, but i am totally convinced of the fact that i will be helping him the most myself. I would go other way only if i would be a working mom.

Leslie - posted on 07/25/2016

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Indeed follow your heart and intuition. Keep looking for some new therapists if you're not happy with what you have - but also ask the therapists for some things you can do at home with him. I did Occupational and Physical therapies with both my sons at home myself, and just had quarterly consultations with the actual therapists. This allowed me to build the therapies into our daily routines and they got much more therapy time overall.

Honestly, as far as ABA, it is SO scripted that if you studied about you probably could do it yourself - on the other hand, you also need to remember that as a mom of a special needs child YOU need some rest and respite time too so perhaps his therapy time can give you some of that as well....

You DO know your child best -- and if your heart is shouting at you to make a schedule and do it yourself and you know you WILL stick to the schedule and doing it yourself then DO IT -- I think a Mom's intuition and sense means a lot and you NEED to pay attention to it!

Sofia - posted on 07/24/2016

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I am still looking for a good therapy. You know those moments when the mom intuition is everything. you know that certain therapy is not going to make any impact on him, you just know. I hope I can find something that my heart tells me , this is it. For now, working a lot with him, playing, reading, interacting, vitamins, diet. etc. is what I am doing.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/24/2016

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You may think you know how to be a speach pathologist, but unless you have been in school and trained to work as one, you don't. Also, people who are specialists like this should not work on their own children.

Best thing to do? ASK the speach therapist for things to do at home with him that will advance his speach therapy.

Dove - posted on 07/24/2016

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There is no way I would not have my child in professional therapy that needed professional therapy. They are professionals for a reason. Work on the activities that the therapist gives you throughout the rest of the time? Absolutely. Pull him away from the professionals? Not unless they release him from services.

If you don't want to pay... why do private? They have professionals that are covered by other funds, so that you don't have to pay... or if you did it wouldn't be as much.

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