I have come to realise that simply liking a therapist is not a good enough reason for my son to continue his therapy with them. Seems obvious, right…? Maybe it is, however choosing a therapist is very difficult. After researching therapists who live somewhere in the vicinity, and whom also specialise in the skills your child requires (which is a task in itself), your child may not respond well to certain personalities, and if they don’t like the therapist, not matter how “good” they are, therapy is not going to progress well.
Recently I decided to reassess all of Harry’s therapies and therapists in light of the fact that he will be starting kindergarten next year (and the fact that we currently spend in excess of $600 a fortnight on therapies). Currently, Harry attends physio, occupational therapy, swimming, horse-riding, and speech therapy (some of which are attended multiple times in a week). Kindergarten will mean fewer days are available for therapy, and hopefully some components of therapy will be provided throughout the day whilst at kindergarten (he will be attending a mix of normal and special kindergarten).
Unfortunately, terminating a child-therapist relationship, feels like a breakup. I feel like I am dumping them… Maybe I feel bad because in the back of my mind I feel that we have not seen strong results and good progress, and we are not merely “taking a break” as I have implied to them, but maybe I am in actual fact firing (dumping) them due to incompetence…??
It is difficult to be patient with therapists – you visit them so regularly and watch them “play” with your child, and then charge an exorbitant fee. Progress is very slow with a special needs child, and often you feel like you are getting nowhere. Is it better to seek out a new therapist and “change things up” or are we just a few more “therapist-child play dates” away from the next big breakthrough…?
Unfortunately I am not an overly patient person. I think it is time to shake things up with some new therapies, out with the old, in with the new! Harry starts hydrotherapy next week… wish us luck!