It’s Occupational Therapy Awareness Day, folks! This is my daughter with her Occupational Therapist, Emily! We’ve been taking the long drive to Kennedy Krieger Institute since Kailyn was three years old! Back then, I had to attend every session or she would cry the entire time and nothing would get done. When we started Kennedy Krieger, we had to come three days a week and see every specialist from Speech to Behavior Therapy. I’ve been there, y’all. Even inpatient, sleeping in a jheri chair for weeks by my baby’s side. Now we only come once a week, and I’m glad to see her accomplishing things we never thought she’d do. She’s writing and drawing for fun, learning to cook food, and is even participating more in her self care routine. These are the small victories we thank God for as we watch our kids develop towards independence. I look forward to seeing the adult that springs forth from 870 grams.
Love a good therapist! So glad to hear that she is reaching those goals and enjoying the sessions. We're in search of a new OT for our kiddo. It's been difficult to find a good match. Yes, the path to independence! We still have speech-feeding on his service plan, but no provider there currently either. I found that he really seems to like stories that involved food. So, we've been doing our own thing. We'd read a children's book with the food item in it, play a (board) game involving it, and then cook/ make/taste. He needs visuals and an experience to attach to it. I wanted to mention, no meds here either. We used to have 10-12 in-clinic weekly therapies and now we have just 2-3. We're able to focus more on academics this year and we've been home more. We just started virtual speech twice/week and it's heaven. I hope it lasts.
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