Many insurance companies will not pay for two therapies in one day. This adds an additional appointment to a family's schedule. We are very fortunate, our insurance will allow us to schedule physical therapy and speech therapy in the same day (actually at the same time). I was very skeptical of this therapy model at first. I didn't understand how Hailey could effectively receive both therapies together. It actually seemed to abstract until I attended my first session. After that, I was sold. I look forward to Hailey's sessions (I dislike the drive downtown, but I love the sessions!).
I'm winding down to the end of October and honestly have been running out of topics so I thought it would be a good idea to show you what Hailey's therapy sessions look like. Hailey was a tad obstinate at her last session. She has been out of sorts with a cold and would only work when she decided it was time, but here is a brief glimpse into a combo therapy session (Fortunately Jen & Abbey agreed to letting me take their picture!).
|Hailey & Jen singing the end of the word song...Hailey was refusing to speak at this point.|
|Singing Itsy Bitsy Spider...Hailey was warming up a little.|
|Hailey making Jen point to the animals|
|Hailey working her core on the ball while saying alphabet sounds.|
|Hailey deciding that she wants to hold the book and that she needs to stand instead.|
|Squatting to pick up an apple and then matching it on the paper.|
|Pointing at animals in a book while Abbey makes her do wall squats|
|Hailey really HATES wall squats!|
|Once again...Hailey decided that she needs the book|
|Hailey working on sounds and sharing them with her best friend :-)|
|Using the k-walker and flashcards|
|She's done with walking and tries to make a break for it!|
You can read more about and from Hailey's speech therapist at her blog here.