Journey
for Success

 
Facing Challenges Together

Establishing a Destination

How do parents know if there is a need?

The day our children come into our lives is a most blessed event. As the days and years go by, we can only wish that there had been a guidebook delivered with our child. Questions arise. Friends, extended family, the Internet and even complete strangers are eager to provide advice from behavioral management to how to get your picky eater to finish dinner. But I have met many families who enter our doors with a nagging question or uncertain feeling. Believe in your "instinctual gut." Often parents/caregivers are the first to be aware that something just doesn't seem right. You don't want to be too concerned too quickly, but also don't allow others to gloss over your concerns. Too many times, I have heard professionals say, "Don't worry, they will outgrow it." In some cases, that may be true. But often, the sooner we can start working to eliminate these smaller obstacles, we may prevent larger roadblocks from developing. Early intervention is proven to be extremely effective.

The needs of children may be obvious or they may be subtle. However, families should investigate. Search to have an evaluation(s) completed by a professional who specializes in children. Children are not short adults. The needs and issues are significantly different because a child is going through developmental changes. The issues will also vary based on the age of the child. There may be known medical obstacles, and you should seek advice from your pediatrician. This dialogue should lead you to the next step of rehabilitation with an occupational, physical, music therapist or a speech-language pathologist. Sometimes there may not be a known medical reason for your child's delays. However, sharing your concerns with your pediatrician may still be the best first step.

Each therapeutic discipline is evaluating different issues. Yet your child is a total being. No area may stand in isolation, and the interaction of challenges can be demonstrated in skill delays. What this means is that perhaps:

  • Your child has muscle weakness, low tone in the oral region or in the trunk (core weakness) that is adversely affecting speech/sound production, body movement or feeding issues.
  • At the breakfast table, your child finds foods that feel "icky" and may gag on the food due to the way it feels, or "normal" daily noises are so disruptive that your child gets upset or can't concentrate. Perhaps there is a sensory processing disorder.
  • Your child has challenges following directions and can't "hold onto" information/ideas. There are learning challenges, memory delays or problems expressing ideas in a coherent or sequential way. Language issues are possible.
  • Your child may have trouble with handwriting, problems coordinating eye and hand movements or visual and perceptual concerns.
  • Developmental milestones for sitting, walking or talking are not met. There are early problems with feeding, either with latching on for breastfeeding or sucking on a bottle. Or your child is a very messy eater.
  • Your child has a challenge with planning movements and you sometimes interpret this as being somewhat "clumsy" or unsafe in certain environments. They are disorganized. Sounds or touch (clothing) can upset your child. When you transition from one place/event to another, your child is easily upset and you can't seem to console him/her.

All of those examples should probably be investigated, and your child may benefit from treatment by one or by a combination of therapists.

Journey for Success

  • Looking for Directions +

    Where to Start We envision intervention as a journey to maneuver through the challenges that lie ahead. Actually: A Journey for Success. We all have challenges, whether those are specifically labeled or not. And we all need to have ways to face these obstacles. As families take the initial steps through the dark maze of rehabilitation, so many new words and ideas are being tossed their way as they are still trying to "absorb'" the knowledge that their child may have challenges that other children do not face. Families usually need someone in the first stages to help determine their child's needs, but also – and just as important – their strengths. Read More
  • Your Travel Guides +

    What are parents seeking? Families enter our doors seeking advice, knowledge and help. Initially, families are often confused and uncertain where to turn. This is a journey, and families need someone to guide them. Yet the ultimate goal is to empower families to truly understand their child's needs and to be able to advocate for their child in all situations. The first desire is for someone to listen. Families want someone to hear their concerns, fears and needs. But we must also listen to hear their hopes and dreams for their child. Families want to understand what is happening, but we also need to be perceptive that this is a journey that we are beginning together. In any situation, you have to systematically provide the ideas and steps as the family is ready to absorb. That requires dialogue, a trusting relationship between family and professionals within a supportive atmosphere. The Read More
  • Establishing a Destination +

    How do parents know if there is a need? The day our children come into our lives is a most blessed event. As the days and years go by, we can only wish that there had been a guidebook delivered with our child. Questions arise. Friends, extended family, the Internet and even complete strangers are eager to provide advice from behavioral management to how to get your picky eater to finish dinner. But I have met many families who enter our doors with a nagging question or uncertain feeling. Believe in your "instinctual gut." Often parents/caregivers are the first to be aware that something just doesn't seem right. You don't want to be too concerned too quickly, but also don't allow others to gloss over your concerns. Too many times, I have heard professionals say, "Don't worry, they will outgrow it." In some cases, that may be true. But often, Read More
  • Mapping Your Child's Journey +

    There is a need, so now what? If there is a challenge, find someone who will listen to your thoughts. Be certain to ask questions as many times as you need for clarification. Don't let professionals use jargon that only they can interpret. Make certain all communication is family/parent friendly. This is YOUR child. You need to work with people who value your thoughts and opinions as individuals and as parents/guardians. Remember that if there is a need, that first and foremost, this is a child. Secondly, that the challenge is something affecting your child. So your child is not for example, an autistic child. Rather, your child has autism. The distinction is crucial and allows you to always hold dreams, remove the glass ceilings and never forget to see the daily miracles of life. Your child is more than a subset of skills and behaviors. Don't lose sight of Read More
  • Learning Their Language +

    Be active, involved and expect communication and sharing. Don't accept professionals talking "at" you. Instead, expect communication "with" one another. There is never a stupid question, a useless question or too many questions. This is your child, and everyone works for you. If you don't understand what is happening, then how can you be effective at home and reinforce the learning in a natural, everyday way? Make people describe what they are doing and why. Expect that they will assist you to learn the strategies/activities. You should share how things are at home and how strategies are improving the home and academic environments. If these ideas don't work in the real world, then ask, "How functional is therapy?" At Children's Therapy Corner, we have eight Shared Values that act as a directional compass for how we interact with each other and families. One Shared Value is to mentor unselfishly. This Read More
  • On Their Way +

    The End of the Journey Together: On Their Way The journey may be short in duration, or aspects may last a lifetime. The need is to know the steps and that you are not in this alone. We at Children's Therapy Corner have to "see" things differently, to take risks, to believe when all others question and doubt. Families can encourage us to go beyond, to search for new and different answers, new methods to help children. It is in partnership that we gain so much more TOGETHER. We need to help families FOCUS on a dream, PLAN the route (with detours expected) and REACH a destiny together with support and awareness of the community in which they live. Any Dream may be challenging, but with a vision and determination based on a great cause: Oh the Places We'll Go! Read More
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CTC Shared Values

  • Treat Others with Uncompromising Truth
  • Lavish Trust on Your Associates
  • Mentor Unselfishly
  • Be Receptive to New Ideas, Regardless of Their Origin
  • Take Personal Risks for the Organization
  • Give Credit Where It’s Due
  • Do Not Touch Dishonest Dollars
  • Put the Interests of Others Before Your Own

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Director's Corner

JanetPortraitTo ‘see’ things differently.
To take risks.
To believe when all others question and doubt.
To dream and expect the unexpected.
Do you all realize that you are heroes?

One of the greatest benefits of being at Children’s Therapy Corner is being part of your lives and having the opportunity to talk to you, the families. You encourage us to go beyond, to search for new and different answers, new methods to help your children. To think out of the box!

As therapists, we may be the ones who spent some specialized time in universities to help your children, but you are the professionals who live the daily life and know what we can only assume. It is in partnership that we gain so much more TOGETHER.

We anticipate that this partnership will enhance your child’s development. To FOCUS on a dream, PLAN the route (with detours expected), and REACH a destiny together with support and awareness of the community in which you live. It may be a challenging dream, but with a vision and determination based on a great cause: Oh, the Places We’ll Go!

— by Janet Ringle-Bartels,
 CTC Owner/Executive Director