Kim is a supermom. Her amazing carryover and dedication to her daughters possible success is what made Kate the amazing and independent high schooler she is today.
- Tell us a little about your journey
When Kate began at GTC she was 5 years old and soon to start kindergarten. She had been premature and had therapy her whole life. She was delayed in all milestones. Her progress had been slow but steady as she did achieve them but at later stage than her peers. She was not able to do basic skills in the classroom. Initially I did not think it was important if she can do scissors but then realizing all the extra help, she needed to complete minimum work was taking away so much time from the general curriculum and learning. Her preschool teacher advised to seek out private therapy and we pursued it with GTC.
- What are the most challenging aspects as the parents of a child with developmental/behavioral challenges?
The biggest challenge is often being compared to the “norm.” At times I felt they were underplaying her accomplishments because they were overemphasizing her deficiencies.
- What have you found to be the most beneficial part of therapy?
The biggest thing was a set of professional eyes on the situation. At Galvin – they were especially caring eyes. They would say “we see this, and this is what we can and are going to do about it.”
- What is Kates biggest achievement?
Independence – she is now a 15.5 y/o freshman in high school, navigating it on her own, not dependent on mom for HW, using time management and technology to do things on her own. I am often told “I have this under control mom!”
- What message would you like to share with other families considering OT?
DO IT!!!! Explore it and take advantage of the information and specialist who also know resources that can help you.