I want to also say that we do believe Aiden is progressing along wonderfully. So this isn't about "our son not keeping up with the Jones'" type of post. I whole heartily believe that every child (hearing or not) is different and will get where they need to be when they're ready to get there with the right guidance. Would I like Aiden to be chattering more like others his age? Of course. But I know Aiden is Aiden and we are VERY happy with his progress.
What "this" comes down to is we don't feel we're getting the level of service we're used to when it comes to Aiden's therapy. Just some of the things I've debated and questioned over and over in my mind:
"Are we getting what is typical of Auditory Verbal Therapy and TOD services?"
"Should there be different kinds of homework after each of our sessions?"
"Should we be learning new activities week to week to take home and work with Aiden on?"
"Should our TOD (who is very supportive of our AV approach) and our AVT be in weekly or monthly contact to discuss Aiden's progress/lack of progress to help plan the next weeks/months therapy sessions?"
These are just a few things that go through my mind. The main thing is I do not feel comfortable right now, yet maybe it's me who needs to adjust?!? Maybe it's me who doesn't understand that what we're doing in therapy is typical. I don't know. What we get now, is somewhat different than what we received in Texas though. I always walked away from therapy with new ideas/activities/games, new books to read and songs to sing that all correlated with the Learning to Listen sounds/goal we were working toward, and most importantly, I walked away with a warm and fuzzy feeling of a nice productive day and felt good with the notes I went home with.
I know these are concerns that I have to bring up and discuss with my therapists. I believe that, together as a team, we have to build a foundation of what I expect of them, what they expect of me and if those expectations are not met, then be able to discuss our concerns openly. I do firmly believe that not every therapist is a fit for every student/parent ... and that's okay! But, when it comes to teaching my deaf child how to speak and listen, I strongly believe it is very important to have a solid, comfortable relationship with Aiden's therapists, especially when it's one that could last for years.
I just don't feel like I'm getting the "whole package". I admit, I'm the type of person who needs to understand everything, the type who has the need to always feel a step ahead. I not only want to understand what we're doing NOW, but I want to understand what's next, and then even what's after that. I want to see at least a dimness at the end of tunnel NOW, even though I know that bright light may be years away, just for my own necessity ... for my own warm and fuzzies.
So again, what I'm looking for is guidance from other CI/HOH parents/therapists and what happens in your therapies. I was going to give a synopsis of what we do in therapy, but decided against it. So my questions to you are:
- What does a typical therapy session "look" like?
- Do you focus on themed units for x amount of week(s) with activities/games to play, and language to incorporate?
- Does your TOD and AV (or any private therapist) work together on a themed unit to reach a common short term goal?
- Do you leave with a certain "something" to focus on for the next week or ? (homework)
- Do you leave with something new to incorporate into everyday routines?