Last week our boys began their Speech Therapy and it was a little emotional overwhelming for them and me.
The boys each had their own therapist as well as one case supervisor that oversees the initial session. The boys were separated in different rooms to help keep them focused. It seemed best for me to stay out of the rooms to help the therapists establish that they are the ones calling the shots.
So as I obediently waited in my bedroom I could hear the boys and their therapists while they interacted. This first session was about the building rapport with the boys- just getting to know them and play with them. They were able to observe and assess the boys during the process of getting to know them. There were a lot of tears at first and especially from Dylan.
I was really surprised to hear Dylan get so upset during his therapy. He’s usually the more agreeable one between him and Caden. Through the sessions I realized that my boys have very little structure in their lives. When I say that I mean that we’re pretty laid back about their toys and where they can play with them. The only real structure the boys have had comes to sitting in their high chairs to eat and their set sleep times.
So when the therapists pulled out a toy for them to play with and then puts it away back in the container it DOES NOT sit over well with the boys. I know it’s a matter of the boys getting used to the situation and learning boundaries/expectations. I have to admit it’s still hard to hear one of them crying and keep myself from going in the room to check on them.
I was told by the case supervisor that if I ever feel uncomfortable with the amount of crying that I just need to come in and let them know. However, as a former preschool teacher I know that there are times when it’s best for parents to bite the bullet and entrust the teacher/therapist.
So at this point I was told that they would like to increase the number of days the boys have therapy from one day a week to FIVE days a week. That really caught me off guard.
5 days a week seems so intense to me but if this is something that will help the boys in the long run then I’m willing to sacrifice the time in my day for them to receive this therapy.
I’ll share more about what they actually do during these sessions in future posts. Hopefully our experience can help and or encourage other parents who may be experiencing the same thing with their children.