A New Beginning: Step #3: Questions to Ask Yourself as a Parent


Do I have realistic expectations of the therapist, child, and therapy?

Some parents think that therapists are supposed to “fix” their kids in the 60 minutes or less when they see them on a weekly basis. At the opposite end of the spectrum are those that feel the therapist is basically a once a week babysitter and expect no results. Both are incorrect.

 It’s good to remember four things:

  • The therapist is human after all limited by her knowledge and experience, your expectations and your child’s ability to respond to therapy. 
  • Great pressure is placed on the therapist and child if the idea is to “fix” your child immediately. The child can only change in response to the therapists directions based on his nervous system’s abilities at a given time. This often takes time and time must be allowed to reduce anxiety. 
  • It takes time to build a relationship with your child so that he/she trusts the therapist to teach him new things that may be difficult.  Once a relationship is established, there is a give and take response between therapist and child which evolves into “learning” both on the therapist part as well as the child’s part.  The therapist learns about how your child responds and develops new methods of compensating.  The child learns new ways to cope, modify, and move forward with the problems being addressed.  It also takes time for you to learn to trust the therapist as well.
  • No expectations usually means no help at home by the parents.  Us therapists need YOU!!!!

 Thank you to each of you who are parents of a child with learning differences.  You do make a difference in your child’s life and in the therapist’s life.

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