Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Our New "Friends"

When Ryan began receiving services from early intervention we were thrown into a whole new world that was very confusing and full of new "friends". Ryan was receiving occupational therapy (OT), speech therapy, and group therapy (where they worked on Ryan's social skills). But in Ryan's eyes he just had all these new friends to play with. Just four adults who wanted to do nothing but play with him. For OT and speech they would come over to our house with toys and play with Ryan while teaching him different things. During group we went to the center and there were six or seven kids in his group with two therapists and they would try to get the children to interact with each other. This was harder then it seems when you have several children with social problems.

We got really close to our therapists. I think it is impossible not to get close to them when they get to know all the intimate details of your life. At first it feels a bit like having super nanny in your house week after week because they are constantly telling you what you are doing wrong and how you can help your child's development along. We actually got so close to our OT that I sent her Christmas cards and a baby announcement after I had Kate. The therapists got to know everything about our lives. Its part of their job.

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