Strategies to Make Therapy a Priority

Posted byNikita Posted onSeptember 19, 2023 Comments0

Occupational therapy can be a valuable resource for children of all ages.

By making occupational therapy a priority, you can help your child develop the skills they need to participate in everyday activities and reach their full potential.

However, as an OT practitioner (and especially as a new parent), I completely understand how going to therapy sessions can be difficult to prioritize around all of life’s other demands.

Luckily, there are so many strategies to help make it a less tiresome task.

  • Talk to your OT about your concerns. They may be able to offer suggestions on how to fit OT into your busy schedule. For example, they may be able to provide you with home exercises that you can do with your child.
  • Be flexible. Things don’t always go according to plan, so be prepared to be flexible with your OT schedule. If you have to miss a session, try to reschedule as soon as possible.
  • Make OT a family affair. Encourage your other children to participate in OT activities with your child. This can help them learn about their sibling’s challenges and how they can support them.
  • Find a support group. Talking to other parents who are going through the same thing can be helpful. They can offer support, advice, and encouragement. You can find support groups online or in your community.


Managing Time

  • Set aside specific times each day or week to work on OT activities with your child. This will help you stay on track and make sure that OT is a priority.
  • Be realistic about how much time you have available. Don’t try to do too much at once, or you’ll just get overwhelmed.
  • Make sure to take breaks. OT can be demanding, so it’s important to take breaks throughout the day or week. This will help you stay focused and avoid burnout.
  • Remember that your child’s OT is there to help you and your child. They want to work with you to create a plan that is both effective and comfortable for everyone involved.

Communicating with Your Child’s OT

  • Be open and honest with your child’s OT. This means sharing your concerns, your child’s progress, and any other relevant information.
  • Ask questions. If you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask your child’s OT for clarification.
  • Be proactive. If you have ideas for OT activities or goals, don’t be afraid to share them with your child’s OT.

There are also a few tips to help lighten the load for you if you are an overwhelmed parent:

  • Use a calendar or planner to track your child’s OT sessions and activities. This will help you stay organized and make sure that you’re on track.
  • Find a supportive friend or family member who can help you with OT activities. This can be a great way to get some extra help and support.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your child’s OT. They are there to help you and your child succeed, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything.

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