I always hesitate to write when what I have to say is not positive. Not because I want to provide an image that everything is always sunny in our world, but because one of the downfalls of having a public blog is not knowing who is reading. So, in large part, Drew's Dad and I have chosen to keep our more problematic situations and debates between us, instead of sharing it with the cyber world.
Having said that, we have been going through a rather rough patch with Drew's cochlear implant services. We have been so fortunate to be surrounded by such wonderful doctors, audiologists and therapists throughout the past two years. But recent transitions have not been going well, and Drew's Dad and I are now facing some difficult decisions.
We learned back in May that Drew's primary therapist was moving. Her husband accepted a job offer on the east coast. We were devastated to learn of her departure. (In fact, I don't even know if I wished her luck when she told me the news I was so upset!) Drew responded so well with her. She had this nature about her that echoed a quite confidence. She knew when to talk a lot to Drew and when to let him quietly investigate the task. She provided invaluable guidance for our family. She worked so well with Drew's audiologist, providing detailed information on how Drew was responding in therapy, and potential areas for adjustment to his MAPs. Her personality just clicked with our family, and we felt like we were not only loosing Drew's therapist, but a wonderful advocate and friend.
The search thus began for a new therapist. Our old one departed in July, and we actually missed our last appointment with her, due to Drew's bout with Roseola. There was no replacement immediately in place, so we took nearly a two month hiatus from therapy. While I was not thrilled with this, Drew enjoyed the summer months, and it made coordinating all of his therapy with the fact that his sister did not have school much easier.
Now we find ourselves working with the new therapist. While she is an extraordinarily nice woman, she is not providing the level of service we are accustom to. So, I am left questioning our situation. What should a therapy session look like? How much interaction should take place between the therapist and child? The therapist and parent? What "homework" should be given? Do you learn something new at each therapy session? The list goes on.
Part of me knows that we were very blessed to have someone as talented as our previous therapist, so I know that I can not hold anyone to her standard. But I have concerns after our appointments this month about the way the sessions are being conducted, and I certainly have not learned anything new. Maybe it will get better, but I feel so helpless right now. While Drew is doing so well, we have worked so hard to get him to this point, I don't want to lose momentum now. The difference in language between a two year old and three year old is outrageous, so this transition is not happening at a good time. In addition, Drew's Dad and I both work full time, so taking him elsewhere for services would be challenging. We will do anything we have to for Drew, but I feel like we shouldn't have to do that.
My question to you is, what are your therapy sessions like? Do you see "lesson plans"? Do you leave with a focus or homework to do for the next week? What can we do to help make this transition better? How long should I give this transition period before I change therapists? Any comments you have would be greatly appreciated.