Hey everyone! My DD is almost 5yo. She's in Occupational Therapy for sensory issues and gross motor planning delays. She hasn't been formally diagnosed with Aspergers but it has come up as a posibillity, though I go back and forth on it. She has selective mutism and is uneasy in social situations. She used to completely shut down in all social situations. Now, if she knows what to expect, she approaches the situation cautiously and doesn't do the whole shutting down and going mute thing. I mean, she still does, but not in all situations if that makes sense.
Her motor skills have improved SO much in OT. She has come so far. That was her therapist's priority. Now they have moved on from that focus and shifted to dealing with her social issues. DD hates going to OT now. We are playing hooky today for the second time in two months because DD is begging me not to go. She doesn't like interacting with other kids (last week she had to play connect four with another child, the week before that it was another game). She's fine talking to adults- her therapist has her do art projects and then walk around and show off to other therapists- DD can deal with that. She just is an emotional wreck after the sessions where she has to interact with other kids.
I understand the importance of trying to get DD to come out of her shell but I'm not sure it's helping for her to be terrified and an emotional wreck each week. The therapist says that that is the outcome she wants to see so she can help DD figure out a way to deal.. and that makes sense, but when DD is a complete mess for hours after the session, it's really, really hard to see the benefit.
I don't want to pull her out of OT- I'm scared if they do that she won't get into the behavioral and speech therapy she needs. She's also on a waiting list for a playgroup for kids with social issues, but she has been on that for at least two years...