If your child has an injury, a chronic or genetic health condition, behavioral troubles, or developmental delays, you already know how much it can impact their daily life. They may not be able to take care of their own hygiene, play with other children, or do the fun activities you want them to experience. Pediatric therapy is incredibly beneficial to children with these types of conditions because it helps them be more at ease over their bodies and lives.
However, what often goes unacknowledged is how much these conditions can affect everyone else in the family. In the same way these conditions affect what your child can do, they also affect what the rest of your family can do together.
How These Conditions Affect the Family as a Whole
When your child needs physical, occupational, or speech-language therapy to improve their ability to handle daily activities, it’s a common response to change the way you do things at home to accommodate their situation. You might:
- Restrict activities to ones your child can do easily
- Change schedules around your child’s needs
- Give this child more attention than the others
- Rely on family or friends to help out
- Make multiple meals to keep everyone happy
- Stop trying to control the situation at all because you’re just too exhausted
Life can become difficult when you need to plan responsibilities like work, grocery shopping, and errands around multiple different people’s needs. Depending on your child’s condition, fun family activities (like birthday parties, road trips, movie nights, or dinners out at a restaurant) can be stressful or downright impossible.
Many of the parents we work with start to feel helpless because they’re trying to make everyone happy and still take care of the home. And there’s no doubt it can be hard—we’ve seen it, we’ve experienced it, and we know exactly what you’re going through. That’s why we advocate for pediatric therapy because we’ve seen firsthand how it can change not just your child’s life, but your whole family’s lives.
The Right Therapy Makes Life Easier for Everyone
When you’re at the point of feeling helpless, or like you don’t know what else you can do, professional help can be absolutely transformative. What we do at Pediatric Therapy Partners is, work with you and your child to come up with a treatment plan for their needs. That treatment plan will work to address a few aspects of your child’s life, such as:
- What do they want to learn how to do?
- How can we help them improve their skills?
- How can we teach them to handle sensory, emotional, or other triggers?
- And last but certainly not least, what tools can we give you and your family to take the stress out of daily activities?
The right therapy enables families to become more active, less stressed, and more capable of handling the ups and downs that happen in daily life. Not only do we aim to empower your child to do the things they want to do, but we also work to empower you to better handle their unique needs.
We Are Here to Help You and Your Family
If you’ve tried seeing a pediatric therapist before and didn’t see results, or there were some results but your child regressed, or even if the therapist told you, “I don’t know how to help you,” set up a consultation with us at Pediatric Therapy Partners.
We are here to help. Our goal is to find the right solutions for your child’s needs and for your family’s needs. We will work with you to come up with the right treatment plan and the solutions that you and your child feel comfortable with. And we promise you, we will never tell you that “we don’t know how to help you,” or “there’s nothing we can do for you.” Our team is going to be your child’s biggest advocates—and if we really don’t know the answer to something, you can bet we’ll find out for you!
So if you’re reading this, and you’re feeling exhausted or at the end of your rope from all the responsibilities you’re handling, give us a call. Schedule an evaluation at our clinic. Our team of pediatric therapists is ready and waiting to help your child achieve their goals, and to help your family live a happier and less stressful life.
Call us at (318) 746-1199 today for a free phone screening!