This would sound so much nicer if it was Thursday, but hey, it is what it is. Tuesdays are Physio and Occupational Therapy day for Ethan. While we do daily tasks with him, once a week we go to the Treatment Centre where they work with him one-on-one, work on skills, record the progress he’s making and give us “homework” for the next week.
Ethan has PT and OT to help him catch up/meet his developmental milestones. During his assessment with the Neonatal Follow Up Clinic about a month ago we officially got the answer we expected, being that he is behind on his overall development: Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Strength and Speech – I was actually shocked when they told me that, with him being 11 months old at the time!
Therapy is not Bad
Kids with CHD (and medical conditions in general) often face the additional challenge of developmental delays due to time spent in Hospital and needing to deal with all of the extra medical problems. It’s draining on their little bodies and health comes before development. They often spend lots of time lying in beds, confined to small rooms, hooked up to many wires. Needless to say that between Health and Development, Health wins. Development can always get worked on once health has been achieved
Often healthy children need PT or OT as well, and there is nothing wrong with that. It doesn’t mean you failed as a parent. Therapy is nothing to be ashamed of and it can be a great aid in helping our children accomplish the things they want and need to.