My Journey Pursuing Occupational Therapy For My Kids

All in the Family

Both of my kids require occupational therapy as a part of their treatment plan. They both have a condition called sensory processing disorder (as do my husband and me) and we sought out this therapy on the advice of their pediatrician. We didn’t know what it would be like starting out on this journey. Right away we had to be put on a waiting list, and it was easy to feel defeated right from the start.

One day, though, I got a phone call.

My son was able to start going to therapy but my daughter would have to continue on the waiting list until a spot opened up for her. I think I jumped up and down when I got this phone call. I couldn’t believe that finally, we would be going to the therapy center and my son would start getting the help he needs.

It was hard to picture what this therapy was going to look like and that made it pique my interest even more. We ended up waiting another month before my daughter could start. So, now, I am the proud mom of TWO kids going to occupational therapy.

My Journey Pursuing Occupational Therapy For My KidsThe fact that we are in occupational therapy right now almost seems like a dream or a miracle.

My kids are getting the help they need, and that’s all I could ask for as a parent. Occupational therapy turned out to be filled with fun and play. My kids have a blast when they go and their therapist constantly consults with me in order to better understand them. They play with toys, swing, jump, balance, and do exercises to strengthen their core muscles. It’s all helping them so much, and I just try and pay attention so we can give them the same kind of help at home, too. Now we have completed almost half of my son’s total sessions, while my daughter has only a couple of weeks under her belt. 

I think I am getting used to this whole therapy thing.

I’ve figured out what time to leave the house so that we aren’t late or sitting in the waiting room for a long time. I pack the appropriate snacks and water bottles we take when we go. By now the receptionist at the front desk doesn’t even ask who we are anymore. We walk in, tell her “Hello”, and she always greets my kids warmly with a “Hey! How’s it going?” My kids’ therapist is even starting to notice the similarities and differences between them and using that to make their treatment that much more personalized.

If I could go back in time, I would tell myself that it was all going to work out fantastically in the end.

All the waiting we did turned out to be so worth it. My kids love going to their therapy and it is such a great thing for them. In the end, I learned just how blessed we are and how hopeful our future looks now.

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Samantha is a stay-at-home mom to Lily and Isaac. She is originally from San Antonio, Texas but moved to Iowa when she started attending the University of Northern Iowa. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Special Education, and loves the opportunity to mentor other parents in the special needs community. She enjoys knitting, reading, and baking in her free time.