by Holly
(Helena, MT)

My husband and I are depserately trying to figure out what is best for our little one! We have a very serious shortage of speech therapists in Helena, MT and we did finally get him into one twice a week. Our little guy just turned 2 in December. He is really responding well to Speech therapy, but we were just informed that the Hospital has implemented a new policy so that they can see/treat more people on the waiting lists. So, our little boy will receive therapy for 3 months then go off therapy for 3 months and then back on for 3 months, etc.... He really is reponding well to this therapist and really likes going to therapy. We did however, make it to the top of the list for another therapist who we hear is good, but takes a totally different approach. I tried to set up an interview with the new therapist, but she won't give interviews, but it was her opinion that continued therapy would be best. How on earth are we supposed to know if continued therapy with an unknown (to us) therapist is better than the 3 month on 3 month off therapy he is currently in. If you have any thoughts on the matter, we would really really appreciate them.

Which is better for our little boy with appraxia.....therapy for 3 months, then no therapy for 3 months, then another 3 months of therapy. Or continued therapy once a week?

Any advice or thoughts are welcome.

You can e-mail me at voermansh@yahoo.com



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Dec 24, 2009
Trust your gut
by: Marianne

If there's one thing I've learnt on this journey is to trust my instincts. If something doesn't feel right, then it's not. In my experience, continuous therapy has been useful, however, if you are organized, and have the financial means to do so, you could hire an educational or special needs assistant (2 to 3 times a week for 30-45 min) to carry out the programming activities during your "break" periods. This was very successful for us. And remember, if your child clicks with someone, that's worth gold.

Feb 15, 2009
Hard Choices......
by: Anonymous

Is it possible at all to do both? If so, I would do as much therapy as possible. If not, is it possible to start with the new therapist a few sessions while holding your spot with the old therapist and seeing how her approach works? I personally wouldn't be real happy with the 3 month on, 3 month off schedule, once you get a consistant routine with the therapist you don't want a break and then have to start all over again. When my daughter was that young just taking a two week break for Christmas was too much for her.

Feb 14, 2009
3 months on/off
by: jana

I would continue speech therapy if you can. Maybe your current therapist could give you an outline of things to work on for the 3 months that he's off. Read all you can about apraxia-it's tricky. He'll probably make a full recovery since you caught it so early!! Any speech therapy is better than none and you have to constantly be working on it with him too. It's exhausting-but what choice do we have? Good luck!

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