If you have been taking your child to occupational therapy sessions for a while, then you might be wondering if there is anything you can do to help the progress. As a matter of fact, there are several ways that you can help out with your child’s occupational therapy.
Talk With The Therapist
The first thing you should do is make sure that you keep an open dialogue with your child’s occupational therapist. This is by far the best way to make sure that you are on the same page. Especially if you are just starting out your child with therapy, you should let the therapist know about any concerns and important details about your child. By giving the therapist an idea of your child’s strengths as well as their areas of improvement, this will help the therapist work better for your child. A good rule of thumb is to try to have a short talk at the end of each session.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
It is impossible to ask too many questions when you are working with your child’s therapist. Another important reason that you should have regular conversations with your child’s occupational therapist is to ask questions. Some parents might not know what to ask or are hesitant to pester the therapist. But it is never a bother, in fact your child’s therapist wants you to ask questions because that is the best way they can make sure that they are taking care of all of your child’s needs. To start off, a good question is to ask the therapist what things from their session can you work on with your child at home.
Sit In On Sessions
Another good question to ask the therapist is if you are allowed to sit in on your child’s sessions. By watching the sessions you will know exactly how your child is responding, and you can pick up some ideas for how to help them at home. In many cases, your child’s occupational therapist might even encourage you to participate in some of the exercises.
The Connections Therapy Center
The Connections Therapy Center serves families of children and adolescents with disabilities and special needs. We are a team of experts in the fields of pediatric speech, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and behavioral sciences. As a team, we offer intensive hands-on therapy for children and adolescents, as well as informative and useful resources for families. If you are interested in learning more about what we can do to help your family, visit us online or give us a call at (202) 561-1110 (Washington, D.C. office) or (301) 577-4333 (Lanham office). Want to get more information on how to help your child thrive? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest.