" Hi Robbyn,
I wanted to thank you and Emily for all of the hard work and amazing improvements with [name withheld]. Initially the recommendation for OT was only for dysgraphia, but after speaking with you about an assessment, I realized that there was so much more rehab potential for him.
The improvements in his balance, motor movements, sensory integration and overall confidence and satisfaction with himself are wonderful. We didn’t know how difficult things were in his mind, and the education for us as parents has been terribly helpful. It has been astonishing to have watched him progress over the 18 months of therapy, and enjoy the positive changes for [name withheld].
He began with Sensory Integration issues that we were aware of on some level, but no one had identified why he was having difficulty with simple things like background noise in the school cafeteria and his experiences in the hallways while changing classes. As Emily worked with him step by step, we saw changes in him, and his world got bigger since he could tolerate the sensory input so much better.
It was global for him: light, sound, touch and his sense of self in his space were all affected, and the OT has made all of the difference for him. He can attend much better in class, and is able to be in a noisy classroom without needing to “get away.” He can sit at the dinner table with the family without having to leave due to the pain of his being overwhelmed. He also understands himself so much more, and can explain and express his experiences. He can identify if he becomes inundated, and he knows how to care for himself. It is amazing!
I cannot recommend you all enough (and I have recommended you to peers with similar children.) I feel very strongly that OT should be a blanket order for all children identified with Asperger’s Syndrome. Sensory Integration is so prevalent in children on the Autism Spectrum, it should be offered to all children in need. The benefits and “rewiring” were remarkable, and I wish we’d known sooner!
A very heartfelt Thank You for all you have done. Returning my child to me has been a godsend,