Parents often ask how they can help their child make optimal progress while in therapy. Attending therapy once or multiple times a week is a large commitment, both financially and time-wise. Therefore, it’s important to make the most of your child’s time in therapy and to ensure you optimize your resources to help your child progress as much as possible.
5 Things parents can do to make the most of pediatric therapy sessions:
- Communicate with your child’s therapist. If you don’t know what your child is working on in therapy, then there is a problem. Your therapist should continually inform you what specific goals your child is working on and why. Your therapist should also give you specific ways to address these goals at home. If you feel unsatisfied with the communication between you and your therapist, talk to him or her about it. Troubleshoot ideas to open the lines of communication, whether it’s talking at the end of treatment sessions, planning periodic phone meetings, or receiving e-mail updates.
- Check-in about the big picture. In addition to weekly communication with your child’s therapist, schedule time every so often for a more thorough “check-in” meeting about your child’s progress and to collaborate on a plan moving forward. This might be a face-to-face meeting or a phone conference. These are best done without the distraction of your child or other siblings present. Discuss your child’s progress, ask your questions, and get an idea of where things are going from here. Is your child making progress? If not, why? Should therapy be increased to twice a week? Will your child benefit from additional support from another therapeutic discipline? Read more