A few months ago, Samantha's ST told us about the existence of Therapeutic Listening. It came up during a conversation about transitioning to new environments, and how difficult these transitions can be for Samantha. Now until then, I had never heard of this kind of therapy, nor did I know that there were some specially-trained Occupational Therapists that deliver this kind of therapy. Sensory OTs? I thought OT was specifically for fine motor skills, like pincer and tripod grips! Learn something new every day...
We kept the thought in the back of our minds, not putting any real thought into it (wondering how on earth we'd be able to fit it into Samantha's schedule...), but were still intrigued. Last Saturday, after our escapades at the theater and my sudden realization whilst writing my blog post that Samantha has had issues at nearly every birthday party she's gone to (as well as at a multitude of other situations she's been in), we began to think more about the issue and how we may go about resolving it. At her Speech Therapy appointment on Thursday morning, Steve spoke to her ST about it. The ST again mentioned Therapeutic Listening, said they have someone on staff that specializes in this, and gave us some literature to mull over.
I have read over how the fundamental basics of the program work, but am still mystified. I'd love to get some feedback from any of you who have tried this therapy - how has it worked for your child? How long did results take? How did your child react to the program? What kinds of issues did your child have to begin with, and what kinds of results did you see?
We're in a great position for this, since our therapy center offers it. We're currently clients there and they said they could fit us into the therapist's schedule. Also, my insurance and Medicaid should cover it (I have to look into that this week, but doubt that'll be a problem).
And I want so, so, so much for Samantha to love and thrive in new environments, to enjoy new things, to have a normal life.