How long does it take?
Intervention, regardless of format, can take anywhere from a single consultation to several years of twice weekly sessions. Typically I observe progress within six weeks of initiating intervention. However it takes longer for new skills to become part of the child’s everyday behavioral repertoire.
When parents participate in our intervention, it is reassuring to see progress. Intervention can feel unnatural at first. When intervention produces progress for your child, you will develop trust in our therapeutic relationship and your own judgement.
Q: Do you recommend treatment in an office or school setting?
A: Although it can be more convenient for children to be treated at school, the treatment plan is likely compromised because the occupational therapist doesn’t have all of the necessary tools. They can only bring what fits in their bag, privacy is compromised, and ultimately, the school is not a therapeutic space. When working on concepts of frustration tolerance or mastery, a therapeutic office setting is recommended.
Q: I’m interesting in getting a second opinion on my child. Should I come see you?
A: There are times when your child has already been evaluated by an Occupational Therapist or another child specialist, but either the results were confusing or progress was too difficult to measure. A second opinion can be helpful, and my goal is to be more comprehensive and clarify the primary challenges and/or diagnosis so that the treatment plan and goals can be re-prioritized. A written report will always be completed documenting the session and the recommendations that have already been discussed with you.
Q: I experienced challenges as a child but am now successful. Does that mean my child will also likely be successful without treatment?
A: The trajectory of development has shifted in our modern society. Children are in structured situations at a younger age and for more hours than you. Technology has also had its effects on relationships, language, and thinking. There are less opportunities for movement within a given day. These changes are critical and compromise appropriate progression in development. Parent coaching is a method for you to become informed and more mindful of specific strategies that you can use with your children to support their development.