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