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PostPosted: October 19 2006, 8:25 AM    Post subject:
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Do any of your little ones cry while doing therapy? Kendle is 18 months old and cries when the PT walks in the room and holds to me like she is terrified. I am always in the room with her, and I know their is no abuse or anything like that. They are trying to get her to crawl on her knees instead of bear crawling and she hates it. I have considered telling them to just work on something else because she cries so hard and is so upset I don't think anything is doing any good anyway. Any suggestions or comments? Jamie

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PostPosted: October 19 2006, 8:35 AM    Post subject:
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Emeline cried for the first time in PT yesterday. In fact, she SCREAMED her head off, which she NEVER does. It just broke my heart. Crying or Very sad
We are working on the same thing, trying to get her to crawl on her knees. She does NOT want to do it.
When Em did that, the PT immediately backed off and didn't force the issue, but she does at least want to keep putting her in the position, hoping it'll "click" one of these days (weeks? months?). I don't see any harm in askingyours if there's something else they could work on. I would think if your little one is crying as soon as the PT walks in the room, the sessions surely can't be THAT successful, (but what do I know?!?) I have noticed that our PT tries hard to end the session with Em doing something she's LOVING (or at least laughing) doing.

What's that mantra we're supposed to repeat to ourselves 100 times a day??? "They'll do it in their own time...in their own time...in their own time...." (Easier said, than believed!!) But I know she will....um, in her own time. Smile

Hang in there, and Good luck. You will know what is best to do for your child.

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PostPosted: October 19 2006, 8:37 AM    Post subject:
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PT is HARD WORK. Very very hard work! Go to any hospital rehab facility and watch the adults crying during their PT sessions. It is TOUGH.

The best thing your PT can do is make it as fun as humanly possible. We did hit a point with Angela where we had to change where she got her services. Going to the hospital rehab center was MUCH more fun, new toys, new environment, things they couldn't bring to the house, etc.

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PostPosted: October 19 2006, 9:47 AM    Post subject:
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Yes, I think Russell went through a snarling phase with our PT back when we had EI services. She'd make my boy work for is supper and he wasn't to keen on it! LOL Russell is lazy and he did NOT want to work! Even with all the fun stuff she brought. I think all kids are different, for us, he would snarl and growl and cry but we kept working him. He didn't cling to me or cry when she came into the room, just cried when he had to WORK!

I think maybe backing of that task to see how that works and/or bringing in some new fun things to focus on might work?

Good luck!!!

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PostPosted: October 19 2006, 10:08 AM    Post subject:
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I will never forget sitting with Vicky at a PT session one day where the PT was trying, unsuccessfully for the umpteenth time, to get Emma to "combat crawl." I probably started to laugh, and soon it was all either of us could do to keep from laughing out loud. It was clear to us (and certainly to Emma) that she wasn't going to do it. The PT, bless her heart, was doing her best, and was not going to give up. Emma never did combat crawl for her (I saw her doing so a couple of weeks ago, across the family room floor, four years later, lol). There were simply things that Emma would not do, and she'd cry too. It's when you find out how resourceful your PT is, frankly. As lespring said, sometimes a change of venue is needed.
It's hard work for everyone.

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PostPosted: October 19 2006, 10:46 AM    Post subject:
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Megan cried all the time with her PT, I waited too long to make the change. Sometimes that is all it is! Try switching PT's, a fresh outlook could help. A new PT may have better ideas to work with your daughter.

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PostPosted: November 09 2006, 3:41 PM    Post subject:
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Hannah did the same. She screamed and cried so bad when trying to get her on her hands and knees. Eventually we tried something diffrent which was going up the stairs on her hands and knees. Hannah tolerated this. We even tried using a blanket under her hips and holding her up by the blanket. DID NOT WORK! She would stiffen out like a board.

Maybe try something new. Good luck!

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Yes Austin did...but in a few weeks he stopped. Check her ears. His was an ear infection...then he went through it again because he had a birthday...2....bad attitude. It passed too.
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PostPosted: November 09 2006, 5:46 PM    Post subject:
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Both of my boys are absolutely fine and coorporative UNTIL>>>> you put them on their hands and knees and then they scream uncontrollably. Their PT still keeps doing what he's doing just for a short time to "get them used to it". It is heartbreaking and sometimes I do leave the room, but its something that I feel they need to get used to too.

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PostPosted: November 12 2006, 12:12 PM    Post subject:
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I agree with others that it may be time for a change of venue and/or change of PT. The other thing we would do sometimes is take a "therapy break" for a couple of weeks. We switched venues and PT's a few times and it usually did the trick...for a little while!

Callum is now 3 1/2 and about 9 months ago refused to do anything the PT wanted (jumping on the trampoline, climbing bars, beam, etc) no matter the venue or the person. We enrolled him in a kids gym class instead and he's loving it! He walks on beams, climbs, jumps and has so much confidence. I don't think he even realises that he's doing exercises Smile

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PostPosted: February 14 2007, 3:43 PM    Post subject:
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Christopher cries during PT and just will not cooperate. If we try and coax him with a toy, he will get totally absorbed with the toy and object if you take it away again. He hates it if she makes him work. What consoles me is that he is physically pretty active and developing nicely in his own way, although very slowly. He has extremely low tone, so we just have to be patient. But he commando crawls now throughout our flat.

The therapist tells me she knows other children with DS who used to object a lot and now are fine with the therapy, so I live in hope Wink

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PostPosted: February 14 2007, 4:07 PM    Post subject:
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Add Dylan to the list too, lol!! He would cry during PT and OT, he hated to do anything on his stomach or when they would try and get him to crawl.

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PostPosted: February 14 2007, 4:29 PM    Post subject:
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OH ! Elias had a big issue of being on hands and knees he will just cry and cry and cry... the PT always told me to keep doing it even he didn't want it, guess what? it didn't work!

at the NDSC last year, i talked to the author of the DS motor skills.. and the best advise she told me was : try one day if he doesnt want try other day... and other week... one day he just understood and since that day i begin every minute i could to make him be on knees and of curse on hands and knees

we did what Beth (hannah's mom) did with the blanket at first he hated but weeks later he got used and helped him a lot to figure it out how to crawl

on december , when he was 22 months he crawled! its not his favorite thing to do, but hey at least he can! and the best thing that he's kneeling more,

so i think nothing its impossible... u should have seen Elias he cried a lot like his knees hurt or something, but was nothing... just took it more time to him

we used a bench with a mirror to make him kneel, he liked to be on knees and watch himself and kiss him lol

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PostPosted: February 23 2007, 11:12 AM    Post subject:
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Damien has cried during PT sessions. One problem is that his PT was gone for 2 months and so he worked with her assistant....when the regular PT came back, he refused to work for her. He is all about establishing a relationship first, or he won't work for you. He was about 15 months at the time. Now, he is 23 months and we are going thru the crying during PT again. I really think that he doesn't want to do what they have planned. Also, it is very hard work, I have complete faith in our PT and in the fact that my child is stubborn!
I know it is heartbreaking. Grandma took him to PT yesterday and it was very hard on her to watch him cry!
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PostPosted: February 23 2007, 4:18 PM    Post subject:
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Emmalee used to throw a FIT when her PT would come. As soon as he was at the door she would wave "bye bye" to him, ignore him the entire time and constantly look away from him. She would scream and cry...it turns out he just wasn't a good fit for her.

She LOVES her PT now (though she doesn't really NEED one) and they are a great fit together.

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PostPosted: March 11 2007, 11:52 AM    Post subject:
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lol! i remember those days. however, if a pediatric therapist cannot make your child have FUN while still accomplishing the task, then i'd have to question their skills with children.

we had a therapist come to the house when my son was around 4 y/o. he'd see her coming and hide! that was my cue. she was the nicest person and we got along splendidly. she convinced me that it's for his own good. we soon got a different therapist that was more fun and he worked his butt off without even knowing it! lol.

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