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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My Little Cricket’s Delay: The Anatomy of a Day at Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy has probably been the single most important therapy that we are doing. By taking my Little Cricket and working with him on a series of body activities they have been able to get him regulated, organized in his own body and mind and able to listen, follow directions and communicate with his words and gestures more. We have only been in OT for two month, but MY GOD what a difference it has made. My Little Cricket came into OT with a pot that was roiling and boiling over, he couldn’t focus, he couldn’t listen, he couldn’t stand to be still for a moment and he wasn’t being safe. By working with him four times a week they have not been able to take that boiling over pot and turned it down to a slow simmer.

I have worked SO HARD to find the right therapies, the right therapists to execute those therapies, and a balance of time and purpose for my Little Cricket. I wanted him to get the help he needed but I wanted that help to be delivered in the most fun, play based, efficient way possible. Our OT has an amazing connection to my Little Cricket. She works so hard to be sure that she is staying on that fine line of pushing my Little Cricket enough so he will grow but not pushing him so fast that he falls apart. The director also spends Wednesdays with us to be sure that our OT is on the right path with our weekly plan and that all of my questions are being answered. I am so blessed to have found this team, and I am so thankful that these women have been added to my mentoring pool.

The fifty minute session is made up of obstacle courses and games. The idea is to get my Little Cricket to work on a sequence of events, usually with some body movement piece, and to repeat that sequence a few times. In the beginning everything was physically moving and restraining my sons energy, repeating things often and physically helping him complete the tasks asked of him. He is now performing most of the tasks on his own, still with a ton of verbal scaffolding but without the hands on his body restraining him. His language skills are getting way better, his eye contact is getting way better, his listening skills are getting way better. And I notice him being able to attend to his other therapies better as well.

Seeing this progress brings me so much JOY. It is working. All this hard work and sacrifice is working.

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