I took Elizabeth to music therapy on Tuesday and speech therapy yesterday. I was so excited to be getting her into some activities that would hopefully be positive additions to her life. My main goal was to involve her in things she would enjoy (if learning happened as well then that was just a bonus). Unfortunately, they didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped.
Music therapy was alright but I don’t think it’s going to work for her. The therapist was young and didn’t seem to understand why Elizabeth was moving around the room so much, why she wasn’t quietly sitting and listening to her sing or play the guitar, and why she wasn’t having joint attention with her. She let her explore a box of things for awhile but then moved it and tried to do something else with her, while still letting the box be nearby. Elizabeth went back to the box repeatedly and the therapist tried to discourage her from digging in it. That was confusing for Elizabeth and me! She was nice but she just doesn’t seem to have the necessary experience with young and/or autistic kids for me to feel like it’d be worth taking her to. Music therapy is not covered by her insurance so we would be paying out of pocket, which is $45/half an hour.
Speech therapy was awful. I don’t even want to talk about it. We won’t be going back. You know, we didn’t have a good experience at the one we tried in November either. Elizabeth is NOT going sit and let a speech therapist teach her. She would need someone like Laura from teachmetotalk.com who PLAYS with her little clients. I seriously wish we could move to Kentucky and go to her office. Anyway…
I have realized that this isn’t going to work. We need a therapist who does in-home therapy, or *I* am going to have to become even more of a therapist and teacher than I already am. I don’t know which will happen but I’m open to either (or both).