A New Beginning: Patience Please

Often a therapist has good intentions in telling a parent about their child’s weaknesses and the progress that is anticipated.  I learned recently that “my good news” and the parent’s expectations did not mesh.  I began my conversation with “I have good news that I think you will be happy with”.  As I unfolded my observations which revealed a mild problem as compared to many of my other clients, the parents were clearly upset.  They expected no problems and I was excited to find a mild problem. As a therapist, sometimes we  see things differently from the parent’s viewpoint as we are so absorbed in improving the child’s issues. 

This is all said to encourage you as parents and teachers to help us therapists understand the point of view you are coming from and your expectations.  It’s important that you find a therapist that you can talk to.  We were able to finish our discussion on a positive note.   Remind us to see things from your standpoint. Please be patient with us and help us to better listen to you.  After all you know your child better than anyone else!


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