The first week of lockdown, I was rather skeptical about online sessions given my past struggles to make my son follow my instructions. Thus, I did not take the sessions and my son soon started showing extreme behaviour. Admittedly, it was rather challenging the first two weeks making him sit and perform tasks; he was only able to perform 2 out of the 6 that was assigned. Fast forward to today, he is able to perform all 6 tasks in the first 20 minutes!
It seemed difficult at first because looking at the screen to follow instructions and then performing the task required attention and concentration that my son lacked, but it got better over time. The sessions were a great help in keeping my son within a routine. He now knows that there is a time during the day when he has to perform tasks with his therapists, which helps with managing his daily behaviour. He is now more aware and jovial, and communicates his needs better. I also saw a major increase in vocabulary and speech after the sessions.
As a parent, I also learned a lot. Starting from doing the exercises right, to managing his behaviour better, to learning the right techniques to perform the massages and also allocating tasks according to his mood. It has also taught me to be more patient with my child. I realised that my child understands everything, but I need to make a better effort at understanding his needs.
I now acknowledge the amount of effort therapists put into preparing our children for the “world” and applaud their amazing work. Most children share a very special bond with their therapists and the online sessions have helped them reconnect. Of course, some days are more difficult than others, but I am thankful that online sessions were made available even during the ongoing pandemic.
-Mother of a 3-year-old child on her experience with Inner Circle’s Teletherapy