What can I do to help my daughter

Two months ago my daughter was diagnosed with Sensory Processing disorder and I was told that she will need Occupational Therapy at least twice a week for the next six months before the Pediatrician will make the final diagnoses as she also suspects that my daughter might be in the Autistic Spectrum Disorder range.


I started with the occupational Therapist and now my medical aid funds is all gone, no funds left to pay for the Occupational Therapist.

Is there anything I can do to keep my daughter going until I am in the financial position to pay for these sessions out of my own pocket?

I am so negative at this stage and everything feels so unreal that I can really believe this is happening to me, I am a single mother of two children and dont know what to do anymore.

Please can someone give me some advice.

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Jun 01, 2010
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The FIRST thing you do....
by: Anonymous

Is make an appt. with a DEVELOPMENTAL pediatrician!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then, you get a diagnosis. Let it happen,(an autism spec. disorder) forget the label, its the only way you are going to get help!!!!!

Once you have a diagnosis, you apply for the "welfare card" or whatever, but its for children with diagnosed disabilities.

Each state is different to degrees, find out what a child with a disability in your state is entitled to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Then you can get those therapies, that are considered therapeutic, for your child.
No-one can do it for you, you NEED to do this for your kid!
Get a PAPER trail of every DR.s visit, evaluation, which you need to get, AFTER you get the "access" card( called something different in every state)
THEN you can get your kid evaled for autism spec. and SPD
THEN, you take all that info to the school and go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good luck! God Bless! Kim

Jun 01, 2010
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relax and give lots of huggs
by: Anonymous

how old is your daughter before 3 the state must pick up the bill, i.e. medicaid.....find a pediatrician to diagnose her with autism if necessary....keep submitting this to your private insurance...also, maybe your pediatrician can order a neurological exam....

sensory kids are so precious,they have little quirks, who doesn't....hug them, truly hug them constantly the hugs releases endorphins into their blood stream, it relaxes them when they have tantrums, a low calm voice, plenty of claps when they do the right thing they look to momma for constant approval....deep pressure with those hugs is amazing,......lots of smiles and yes take some time for momma.....it will make you look forward to seeing her after you have had a break!!!!

Jun 01, 2010
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don't give up hope
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry you are going through this. It will get easier. Make another appt. with your daughter's pediatrician and see if she will finally make the diagnosis ... also have the OT call the pediatrician so they can discuss what may be the issue. If you have a firm diagnosis most insurances have to continue treatment. Also your OT can request more visits by doing another evaluation of your daughter and sending it to them. If your pediatrician is not willing to sign off on a diagnosis yet, find one who will... most will understand it is the insurance forcing you into a diagnosis and will just put one down on paper. If your insurance still will not cover any more visits, make sure you are taking the most from each visit, my husband and i do not just send her in alone, we go in with her to see the different techniques the OT uses and then we merge them into everyday life. Also, my pediatrician had recommended a possible NeuroPsych to help with the Sensory issues so if they won't cover anymore OT it might be helpful to seek one out just to continue some sort of treatment then after a certain period you may be able to return to OT.

There are always loop-holes you just have to find them -- also try calling and speaking to a person from your insurance co. yourself, sometimes hearing it from the parent and having to tell the parent NO is harder than telling a doctor no... they may give in... it has happened to me and i got what it wanted!!!!

good luck --- also, for your own sanity- find some time to be alone and don't think about your daugter -- i know its hard but just try, even if you put her to bed early and watch a movie you want to watch... let the dishes sit overnight and have a glass of wine... or find 15 mins during the day to go for a walk alone. --- trust me it helps SOOOO much!!!! -- it's better for your daughter too because then you can come back to a situation or new problem with a clear happy head!!


i wish you the best.

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