In the next little while, I will be sharing some posts on how I set things up for Lilly to succeed. The results we see today are actually the fruit of early intervention. People often ask me if Early Intervention works, and the answer is a resounding yes!
Both of my children have had some sort of early intervention, Lilly’s began at four months. At that time, we were not involved with any programs or a therapist.
I had previously worked as an Early Childcare Provider in an accredited baby room for children ages 0 to 12 months. I often used this experience in my home while caring for and setting up therapy for Lilly.
The duties of my job were to plan and implement activities to foster a baby’s development, I also documented each child’s development by establishing a checklist system to further develop areas that they were struggling with.
Little did I know this previous position would set the tone for therapy in our lives.
By four months of age, I already had concerns that Lilly would struggle with issues like healthy attachment, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and texture avoidance. That is a lot for a new Mom to worry about!
I began to pull out my resources from my previous job, and I got to work! I planned activities that focused on sensory, emotional and physical development. My goal each day was to get 5 minutes of tummy time in, 5 minutes of lying under a play mat, and an exposure to something sensory like homemade play dough, sand, snow, or water. Most days, only one goal would be accomplished, but it was a win!!
One of the hardest things I dealt with was the attitude of other people; the ones who felt that I should just let Lilly be a baby (instead of implementing therapy) or that my approach was “too professional” and that I just needed to relax as a parent.
This also took a toll on my marriage, the Hubby and I had quite a few arguments about this because he didn’t see the therapy and its potential benefits, like I did. In the past year, the Hubby has told me that he was glad that I didn’t listen to those comments, and that I had pushed through the criticism, because if I hadn’t, Lilly wouldn’t be able to do all the things she can today.
Sometimes the hardest things in life, end up being the ones that will fill your life to the fullest!