Music and Speech Therapy Disappointments

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).

5 thoughts on “Music and Speech Therapy Disappointments

  1. I will pray you find the right speech therapist for Elizabeth! When my Carter started speech at 2 1/2, he was hardly saying any words. At his initial evaluation, he was running all over the room and the therapist had to keep trying to get him to come sit back down on the floor. I was thinking how is this going to work? We went for his first visit and met the therapist who was going to be working with him. She was wonderful from day 1! She put him in a high chair and he was strapped down so he couldn’t run away. He did protest at times but her therapy was a lot of play and singing which kept him engaged. He got to where he looked forward to his speech therapy sessions and would walk right on in and go right to his chair. His speech took off and he was probably up to 50 words in 2 months! I give God the glory for this. I was able to sit in the back of the room and watch her so I could do this stuff at home with him. I know things seem hard right now but Elizabeth is going to do great!

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    1. The high chair idea is fantastic! That’s how Elizabeth is able to play with playdoh and color with crayons (she’s not able to neatly or safely be let loose with either in our house).
      Unfortunately, the therapists we’ve met so far have not been very friendly, accommodating, or playful. Insurance is a factor as are wait lists. We were “lucky” to get in to the two terrible places. 😕
      Thank you for the prayers! ❤️

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      1. I had never thought of the high chair idea at home except for eating until I saw her do this! Then the teacher we had working with him at our house suggested I never use the same chair for eating and therapy so I had a different chair for “therapy stuff” and a another one he ate in. Does your state have early intervention services? Your pediatrician might can help point you in the right direction. Here in TN we have Tennessee Early Intervention Services (TEIS) and it helps kids from birth to age 3 get services like speech and occupational therapy. The teacher we had come to the house was part of TEIS too. We didn’t have to pay for any of this stuff until he turned 3 and by then he started in the public school system in special Ed preschool and the school system took over all services. But I did still carry him for a little while to his old therapy place for extra speech and OT but then I had to use our insurance and it does get expensive so we didn’t go too much. I just went for extra set of eyes and to make sure he was making good progress in the school system since I’m not there at school to see what’s going on. Unfortunately by the time Carter was diagnosed at 2 1/2, we only had about 6 months to take advantage of the services our state offers but it was well worth it. We did therapy 4 times a week of some sort for those 6 months.

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