In the process of the sale, I found myself on the phone with my rummage sale helper/friend's aunt who lives in Kentucky and has a 3 year old that she feels is having some issues but doesn't know exactly what to do about it or the questions to ask.
It dawned on me, after she asked me to move to Kentucky to help her son, that many families are not equipped with the questions to ask your newly discovered OT, whether recommended, referred to, etc. So, I decided to equip y'all with some questions to ask your OT even before the first visit.
1. Do you test for retained reflexes? (These are reflexes that should have integrated between 4-7 months old and if they are still present after that, they can cause a lot of issues in children)
2. How do you treat these retained reflexes if you were to find them in my child?
3. Have you been trained in sensory integration?
4. Do you test for general visual tracking, convergence, double vision, and visual perception? How? And if not, can you recommend a place that will?
5. Will you provide us with a home exercise program to work on daily?
6. Am I allowed to sit in on therapy so I can observe and learn? (And yes, you should be able to on occasion unless it is enormously distracting and your child isn't making gains)
7. What is your experience with autism, Asperger's, genetic disorders, ADHD, ADD, auditory processing, executive dysfunction, etc.?
8. If my child is involved in other therapies, will you be contacting and consulting with each other for a more whole child, team approach?
9. What areas will your evaluation assess? (They should assess every area, head to toe so as not to miss a thing)
This is your child's therapy and you HAVE TO OWN IT! Most importantly, you have to ask the right questions so you can have the best therapy possible. ASK QUESTIONS!! It is your right as your child's parent.
P.S.-YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW THROUGH with the exercises that your OT or any other therapist gives you once you have made your decision on the right therapist. That's your child's right!