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IAM_HIS
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7/12/13 9:58 A

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So glad to hear your hubby is supportive..that is wonderful!

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7/12/13 12:49 A

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Well, I actually think that I got some help from my child's day care on this one. The therapist is set up to come to the daycare once a week.

Long story, but we have always done this with her speech therapists because of the peer interaction as well. She used to have a different therapist, but had to change due to funding when she was 3--so this is a new one.

Anyway, I love the daycare and we have been going there for 10 plus years (when you count my older daughters). They are the only one in our area that accepts special needs kids. Anyway, I have great communication with them, and we are very clear about times that the therapists can come. (They can't come during nap time for her class unless we have made an arrangement prior to nap time so that she can go in the office). This therapist showed up at day care while she was sleeping. The ladies at daycare were going to go ahead and get her up and make an exception, but Angela was so tired she fell back asleep. The therapist told them to try again in 15 minutes, and they explained to her that when Angela is that tired, she needs her rest and might be fighting off an illness. The therapist was not happy. Of coarse the day care ladies told me right away--so awesome.

As for my husband--he provides emotional support to me and all of the kids, and he plays with them and loves them, but he is not that involved with the day to day doctors, therapies, etc. I always talk to him about what the doctors said, and he has input, but doing the research, etc is up to me.

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He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. "


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7/7/13 12:17 P

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Gee, I am in the same boat. My daughter's therapist is not working out either.

I feel that being honest, yet gentle is the best way. I am going to tell my daughter's therapist that my daughter would do much better with a male therapist. I feel she would be more receptive to a male than a female. Mainly because I am the one who is the person that reprimands her. She would be more willing to listen to a male. (My daughter's therapist has no clue how to handle many of the issues my daughter faces and she ignores because she is not trained to handle them. This therapist is very moody and if she doesn't like something, she will not see you until she feels like it.)



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7/7/13 1:16 A

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You are right, this is really tough. I usually get Kelly's Dad to do the heavy stuff because I am still a little on the wimpy side - although, I've come a long way. I think I could handle this after almost 25 years now by saying to the therapist "I'm not seeing the results that I was expecting for my child, so I'm going to try some other alternatives. I may be entirely wrong but I need to do what I think is best for my child. I really appreciate what you have done so far, but for my own sake, I just need to try something different." I think something along this line will be totally appropriate and certainly not slam the door in the therapists face.

These situations are tough, but we do need to be the #1 advocate for our child because we care more than anyone (well, except God and hopefully the same as Dad!).

God Bless and be tough but gentle (if possible). "God's grace is sufficient for you." - slight paraphrase of 2 Corinthians 12:10 (I think, but that's from memory...)
Jill

Jill, Mom to Kelly who is 25 years old, has the physical capabilities of an infant, mentally 1-2 year old, controlled seizures, vision problem, and is the absolute happiest person I know. She is a true Blessing!


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7/5/13 7:29 A

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I am so dreading this, but my child has one therapist that I just don't think is working out. Any tips on how to let them go in a polite manner?

Matthew 17:20

He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. "


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