Friday, February 6, 2009
As I had mentioned before, Brennan currently sees a Physical Therapist once a week. The Early Intervention program that Brennan is part of has fairly rigid guidelines they follow regarding at what age various services or therapies are added. For the first few months, I felt comfortable with the fact that he was only getting physical therapy. Considering his very, very low tone - it made sense that he should focus on being able to hold his little head upright before starting to work on anything else. When he was about six months old and had good head and neck control, I started requesting additional services. In my opinion, the more help he can get through therapy, the better. Each time I requested a new service, Brennan's coordinator would very politely explain that he was simply too young. After much persistence, I was able to get Brennan to see a speech therapist - the catch being that I would have to take him to her office (instead of her coming to our house as most therapists do) since she is a contractor and not a Early Intervention employee. So, when he was 7 months old - he started seeing a speech therapist. I now feel that he may be ready to add another therapy, with Occupational Therapy being the logical next step. So, today Brennan had an evaluation with an Occupational Therapist. She played with Brennan for a while, gave me a few suggestions of things to work on with him, and said she was very encouraged by her observations of his abilities. However, in the end, she concurred with the coordinator that he isn't ready to have an OT assigned to him. She said an OT really can't work with him until he has good trunk control and is able to sit independently. It left me feeling frustrated and confused. Should I trust what they say and wait a couple (or more) months to start OT, or should I start pursuing therapies outside of our early intervention program? Will he be adversely affected by not having additional therapies? It's so hard to know the "right" thing to do. I want to give him every opportunity to learn new skills, but also want him to be able to be a baby and not totally overwhelmed with therapies....especially if they may not really benefit him at this point. Ugh! What's a Mom to do?
Posted by Sharon at 5:56 AM