Friday, June 11, 2010
I am torn at the moment. Currently Ellie receives physio and OT through a
Early Internvention (EI) program. Both Ellies therapists are fantastic & they come every 3 weeks. This session usually lasts 45mins - 1 hour. Its quite a intense session, to see where Ellie is at, give me some new exercises to do with Ellie, and then practice these. This gives me the confidence to do the exercises at home, which I do, most days.
However... lately I have been thinking... Is this enough? Can I do more with Ellie? I have been thinking about doing private therapy sessions on the weeks where the EI therapists dont come to our house.
Last night I went to a information night about 'What is Early Intervention' 'Why is EI important' 'What therapies form EI'. Leaving this seminar I thought ' Yes' I am going to start doing private therapy with Ellie. Yes I know it comes at a financial cost, but I learnt that the critical time period of learning is 2-5yo, and that the highest rate of learning is from birth - 3yo.
It was also mentioned that best practice indicates that children need approximately 2o hours per week of early intervention.... This shocked me... this is 3 hours a day.
However, on the other side of the fence is the views that, even if I do private therapy with Ellie, this still only forms a small part of her therapy routine. That the most part and the important part is what is done at home.
Yes... I agree with both of these sides... but why do I feel a nagging feeling at the moment that I am not doing enough. That I could be doing more..
Maybe this is because Ellie is 2 in a few months, and I thought she would be doing more now.
Maybe its because that with special needs kids the devleopment takes alot longer, and that I find hard.
Right now I am in the frame of mind, "What do we have to loose"
Love to hear some other thoughts from Mums
Posted by Melissa Young at 3:55 PM