Our family's situation is unique. I am a therapist. I work in geriatrics, not pediatrics. I have a 17-year-old man-child who has disabilities with many delays. They all need to be addressed.
My son's delays go back to his birth. He could never get the whole suck, swallow, breathe concept for breast feeding. He was a preemie and just never got the hang of it. We started him with the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Program about as early as they could take him.
And the rest is history.
So yes, my 17-year-old has had therapy for about 17 years. The past 2 years, he has been taking Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy for his undesired behaviors. He also has outpatient occupational therapy about 8 hours a week.
His therapy clinic has totally welcomed my son. They treat him like a rock star. The therapists are not only really smart, but they are also young, beautiful and all about my son. They light up when he walks into the clinic and they want to know everything about him. He sees them as his friends.
They will fool you, though.
When we first started and my son was testing the waters, they wouldn't let him get away with anything. That's the exact type of therapist he needed. The entire staff is amazing and has celebrated so many milestones with us.
Now that Jac is soaring, I can't help but give them a large portion of the credit. These therapists have not only been his cheerleaders but mine as well.
Thank you, Therapy Angels, for guiding us along our journey. One step at a time!
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I was surprised how parenting a kid with intensive needs affected my relationship with my older children and my extended family.
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