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We've been seeing our OT for almost two years. Dd did make a lot of progress at first but she's levelled off now and I feel like our time and money would be better spent elsewhere. This woman has gone out of her way to help us and I want to part ways as tactfully as possible - I don't want to burn any bridges, and I do want her to feel appreciated - but I'm not even sure what the best approach is to bringing this up. Any advice would be welcome!
 

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I'd just tell her that effective x date, you will no longer be continuing your child's OT. You feel that your daughter has plateaued and have decided to give it a break. Let her know that you appreciate everything she has done for your daughter and if she ever needs a recommendation you'd be happy to share it (if you feel that way).<br><br>
It is hard but you need to do what's best for your child. I'm sure if she is a good therapist, she'll understand.
 

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I would just tell her that thanks to her wonderful efforts, you feel like you're in a place that you can take a break from OT for a while and see how DD does, and that you'll give her a call if or when you feel she needs to be seen again. Maybe give her a nice card and a small gift, picture, whatever expressing your appreciation. A card would probably be more than enough.
 

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When ds was in OT for SPD, after about a year or 18 months, I asked the OT what her opinion on stopping was and when she would recommend discharge from OT. She explained to me that while his sensory stuff <i>was</i> a lot better, she was still working with him on motor planning issues and core strength. He was still having a hard time making his body do what his brain wanted it to, and his core strength was weak.<br><br>
She said she'd recommend finishing out the school year and then evaluating him. Once she clued me into his motor planning issues, I began to notice them. At then end of the school year, we discontinued OT and haven't been back.<br><br>
FWIW, ds still struggles a bit with both issues, but not enough to go back yet.
 

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I need to do this too. We need to part ways with one of our DD's therapists.
 

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Thanks for the replies! I ended up telling the therapist we would take a break for the summer . . . I'm conflicted on whether to completely stop OT -dd has a lot of sensory issues still but I'm not sure how much OT is helping, plus I'd like to use the money to try other things.<br><br>
Simply telling the therapist that we won't continue OT after a certain date seems cold to me for this situation where she has done much for us - she is very professional and wouldn't be angry, but I do want to let her know she is appreciated.<br><br>
Definitely interested in others' thoughts and experiences - this is hard for me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for the replies! I ended up telling the therapist we would take a break for the summer . . . I'm conflicted on whether to completely stop OT -dd has a lot of sensory issues still but I'm not sure how much OT is helping, plus I'd like to use the money to try other things.<br><br>
Simply telling the therapist that we won't continue OT after a certain date seems cold to me for this situation where she has done much for us - she is very professional and wouldn't be angry, <b>but I do want to let her know she is appreciated.</b>Definitely interested in others' thoughts and experiences - this is hard for me.</div>
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are you opposed to writing her a nice card/letter and givign her flowers or soemthing?
 
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