For children with developmental delays , orthopedic and/or medically complex issues, outpatient therapy with pediatric physical, speech and occupational therapists can be extremely helpful in maximizing function and independence. But when hectic family schedules and other factors interfere with the recommended amount of time spent with a therapist, there is a lot that you can do at home to reinforce the skills learned at therapy.
At Good Shepherd Pediatrics , the duration and frequency of therapy is decided upon by the therapist after an initial evaluation – based upon the child’s needs. Often the therapist’s recommendation (ex: 45 minutes, 3 days a week) is not feasible due to family obligations, travel time and/or available therapy appointments. (Before- and after-school hours are among the most difficult to schedule.)
If you are unable to schedule the recommended duration and frequency of therapy, don’t panic! Talk to your therapist. He or she will work with you to maximize therapy time, which might include recommending a Good Shepherd outpatient location  closer to home. He or she also will discuss strategies to reinforce therapy skills at home.
Some of those strategies may include: