Originally Posted by mrstovar
...how long it takes to get into therapy or whatever after an initial appointment with an OT through public school? ... Sorry to ask on here since I don't really know if my son is special needs (I think he may have sensory issues) but I thought someone here might be able to answer my questions. Thanks!
it's summer break -- so school services aren't happening.
(kids who were recieving services last school year *may* receive extended services if it is deemed that they would loose skills over the summer)
but no students start getting services this time of year, and most students who were getting services last year don't get them over the summer.
Aug 4 is 3 weeks away, not many months. They aren't giving you the run around, and I suggest being polite to the people you speak to on the phone. It will work out best for your child in the long run if you have a reputation for being reasonable. People are more likely to believe what you say about your child if you have a reputation for being reasonable and not prone to exaggeration.
School OT is generally not for sensory issues, it focuses on developing skills needed for school success, that is to say, fine motor.
This is the right forum for your question. We are the moms who've worked both the school systems and the private systems! Welcome to the board.
My DD has intense sensory issues as part of being on the autism spectrum. At times, it's been the most difficult part.
I recommend pursing both private OT and school services, because they have completely different focus. Follow both paths and see what happens.
How long it takes to start services depends on zillion of factors. It can take months, or it can go really fast. Your experience will be what it is. I've waited very different amounts of time for different things. Three weeks is nothing. And even once it starts, it's not like some one wave a magic wand and makes everything better. This is a process, just taking steps on a journey.
There are really good books you can read, and they can help your figure out what you can do at home to help your child. "The Out of Sync Child" by Kranowitz was like my bible when my DD was young, and it helped me figure out a sensory diet that really worked for her. "Quirky Kids: When to worry and when NOT to worry" always felt like a reassuring hug from a friend.
Also, how old is your son? Has he had any sort of evaluation, ever? Why do you suspect sensory issues? Tell us more about him.