I think this one has been a long time coming. I'm very frustrated with some of Joshua's therapists. He has a new OT and so far not so good. His old OT was good but she knew nothing about working on sensory issues with him, she was very nice but we spent a little too much time talking and she wasn't very professional. His new OT isn't doing as much sensory as I had hoped. She had me fill out a sensory questionnaire and I even wrote specific notes about him on it but I'm not sure how much it has helped her working with him. She insisted that he would love a tight fitting suit but he hated it. He does love swinging and we put him in a spandex sheet and swing him and likes that but that's about the only part of her session he likes. Then she tries to work on fine motor with a pound a peg and she wants him to use the hammer to pound the pegs, duh he's not ready for that! I think I need to tell her how I feel, I'm not always good at that. She really got on my nerves Friday when Joshua wasn't feeling well and nothing was helping I suggested a video because I told her he always watches a video at his other OT. So we put the video on and she goes into telling me how bad videos are and that maybe we should use some real objects like the ones in the video while he's watching. When he watches one of his videos he's usually pretty engrossed in it and doesn't pay attention to much else.
I think what's bothering me right now though as much as all of that is that I feel so much pressure and I wonder if parents of other kids who go to therapy feel this way as well, I feel pressure to do the things the therapists want us to do, all the time. I have to admit to not doing as much as I should and certainly not as much as they want me to. I feel like he has to have time to just do whatever he wants to do. A big part of it is I don't know how much it will help him and he fights me on a lot of his therapy. If he doesn't want to do something he's not going to do it. Like walking, if he doesn't want to walk he will just not put weight on his feet, period. It is a waste of my time to try to get him to walk when he doesn't want to which is most of the time. His PT has a special walker that he gets attached to so he can't just sit down, it holds him in it. His walker at home doesn't do that and he hates it and rarely walks in it. This is it http://www.easy-walking.com/up-n-go/models-pricing/toddler/
There's also an argument between his OT in Hartsville and his PT who wants him to wear a hand splint which separates his thumb from his other fingers which he apparently likes to hold his thumb in and they don't want him to do that. Now he has the splint and he still tries to put his thumb in his mouth when he's wearing it. The OT was saying that it's only a bandage on the problem.
I personally think that most things as I have seen with Joshua will happen when he is ready. I don't know when and I question pushing him and spending all my time and energy on it when I don't know how well it's working. I think he will get there when he is ready. I know this has been a ramble but I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm tired of all his therapists wanting us to do so many things me being stuck in the middle. I need to speak out more and tell them but sometimes when I do it falls on deaf ears. I have been signing with him for a long time and he hasn't picked up on it, which is frustrating to me. His early interventionist seems to take whatever the therapists say as gold even when I tell her other things. So moms of kids who go to therapy do you ever have issue with the kids therapists? Do you feel like they ask a lot of you?