Keys to Success with Pediatric Therapy Services: The 3 Cs
If you’re new to the world of pediatric therapy services or interested in what you can do to help your child get the most out of their therapies, you’re in the right place. As a parent, you can help set your child up for success by following these three Cs: consistency, carryover, and communication.
One of the most important aspects to reaping the benefits from your child’s therapy service(s) is consistency. From attending therapy appointments to implementing the strategies taught by your child’s therapist, consistency is key. These services are a means to help improve a child’s function or independence and consistent practice with the techniques and strategies taught during their sessions will help them reach their goals faster. Consistency can also help to prevent regression in their journey to skill acquisition.
The time a child spends actually working with their therapist and participating in therapy services at school, in the clinic, or by teletherapy is only a small portion of their day or week. In order to get the most practice with their newly learned skills, carryover should be incorporated throughout their daily routines and activities. It can take many repetitions and practice in a variety of contexts and environments to integrate a new skill. Without additional practice and carryover at home, progress may be impeded.
Open communication with your child’s therapist is a must if you want to see success for yourself and for your child. Always ask questions and be honest if something isn’t working or if you have concerns. The therapist needs to hear that! We only see the child for a short period of time and in a controlled environment, so any information you have about how things are or are not working at home is valuable. It can also drive any changes that need to be made to the therapy program to meet the child’s needs. Bringing questions to your child’s therapist is the best way to get information that is specific to their individual needs.
Thank you for letting us be a part of your child's journey!
-Glenna Nave, OTR/L