“When was the last time you guys took a break from therapies?” His OT asked me this question, and I hadn’t really thought about it before.
“Never,” I replied, “we’ve been at this 2-3 times a week for 10 years.”
Wow. The realization hit me pretty hard after I said it. We have literally been in active therapy of one sort or another for TEN years with our boys (D1 in particular). I have sat in waiting rooms for 2-4 hours a week for TEN YEARS. Speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, all to give them the best tools for life later on.
Her response was a relief to this Momma. “Well, he’s at the age now where I begin to recommend that other activities take over for the work he’s doing in OT. Karate is the second activity I recommend, and the first is swimming, at least for all these sensory-needy kids. They all love to swim. We don’t want them to live their whole childhood in therapies. He’s aging out.”
Nothing is definite yet, but the main gist of things is that they are noticing huge growth in D1, since he began taking Karate two months ago. They want to, at least, give us a break for the summer. Best case scenario, he will be discharged from his Speech/OT Social group and the Bal-a-vis-X group until he is in need at a later time. Discharged. Maybe for good. WOW!
Our younger son is currently taking PT, and would be happy to stop for a while good. She told me, “We want to give your family a break. You deserve it and you guys should have your summer for your family. It’s time.” We’ll see what the next few weeks tell us, but if this works out, we will be done with therapy appointments in mid-June!