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#1 of 14 Old 05-12-2007, 08:39 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My son has been seeing his speech therapist twice a week for just over a year now. For various reasons, we will need to stop speech therapy at the end of the month. DS really likes his ST, works very hard for her, and has made tremendous progress. Would it be appropriate to bring some sort of a small "thank you" gift just before we stop seeing the ST? And what sort of a thing would be appropriate. I'm thinking nothing with a huge monetary value, obviously, but it would be nice to acknowledge the end of a relationship.

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Gifts I have given to therapists (OT, ST, play therapist, TEACCH therapists) :

-bath and body works gift certificate $15
-bath and body works hand repair stuff (in the bright blue bottles...)
-homemade cookies and candies
-small toys and sensory items, as lots of therapists buy their own stuff
-godiva chocolates
-barnes and noble gift certificate $15

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we have given:

homemade cookies
small framed photo of therapist with child
toys they could use during therapy sessions
Becker Teacher store certs
any spec interest gift card
(if able) handmade craft or drawing by child
small, short, photo collage album of child (if they were very close)
donation in their name to charity (we use CAN, now is autism speaks)
a very sincere well tought out thank you letter being specific as to pos
impact that specific therapist has had on child, photos a bonus.
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A gift card to a toy store would be a nice. Therapists are always picking up new toys to use with children. I have also apreciated gifts cards to book stores.

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Oh yes, very appropriate. Gifts of food are always nice!

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I just gave my ST a gift. I gave her a vanilla candle and a gift certificate to Starbucks inside a mug. I wrapped it all in a pretty basket and wrote a nice card. Just some ideas.
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does she drink coffee? i always hope : that i'll get a starbucks gift card

presents i've enjoyed:

a pretty picture frame
christmas ornament (i still think about the little girl who gave me a quilted goose ornament b/c i'm a "silly goose" )
candle
homemade cookies


Cardinal- that gift was fantastic!!!
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Last year we gave the therapists a little basil plant with a homemade card saying, "Thank you for helping me grow!" The card had a picture of DS and the recipe for his favorite spinach pesto. Everyone loved that gift, and it was easy to put together!

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My sister paints flower pots so I always give a flower pot w/ a nice flower inside (and a nice card thanking her).
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I think a card where your child has written/drawn a picture would be great.

I had a roommate in college that was ST. One year for Christmas we got her a bunch of toys for her collection to use in therapy sessions. Perhaps a gc to Target or a learning store. Or if you can find a small toy similar to what your child has used and played with at a session.

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There may be ethical concernes with accepting a large gift. If it's a private practice, a nice card with a gift card is great. Amazon, bookstores with items other than books, target, etc are all great choices. If the person is a recent grad, maybe a dinner gift card or movie ticket coupons?. If the ST is in a school, s/he may not have lots of funds for materials, so gift cards for places to buy materials are great. Tests and supplies are $$$, and oftentimes school ST pay for them out of pocket.

This is one of hte big names in the field for supplies: http://www.superduperinc.com/

You could also find an educational/therapy game/book/item and put 'donated by my child' label on it and give it to the clinic for future use. It may not be appropriate for all settings, but offices serving lower income families might really appreciate it.
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For Christmas one year, I snapped a bunch of digital photos of DS and his therapists and then printed them out on magnet paper. I cut up the paper in different sized magnets and gave them to his therapists. They loved it! I've also done gift cards (Target, Books-A-Million, Krispy Kreme, etc) and Christmas tree ornaments.
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I've only once bought a gift for a therapist- it was a little plant.

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Thanks for all the great ideas. Some of you are so very creative! I am going to be very un-creative, however, and re-gift a nice lavender-scented bath product set that MIL gave me recently.

Thanks again,
Kristin
mom to dd (5 1/2), ds (almost 3) and #3 due in June
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