Dear Therapist, Why are you doing that?

by Joan Jensen
(Waldwick, NJ)

If your child is seen by either a physical, occupational or speech therapist; how often do you ask that therapist the following questions:

1) Why are you doing that particular technique/activity?

2) How will it affect/help my child?

3) What does it target and how does it relate to what my child needs/their deficits?

A good therapist should be able to explain WHAT they are doing, WHY they are doing it and HOW it works. They should be able to explain it in easily understood terms that any parent can comprehend. And they should be teaching and demonstrating for you how to do effectively repeat it with your child at home.

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