People often ask me how much time Ollie spends in therapy each week so I though I would tell a little story about a week in the life of our curly haired monster.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.
One Sunday morning the cloud was lifted and - pop! - out of the egg came a massive and very anxiety provoking diagnosis.
The caterpillar started to attend some therapies.
On Monday he ate through one 45 minute speech therapy session, but had to go to Grandma and Grandad's first to drop off his brother Will. He then ate through one three hour Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA - I'll get to what that is later) session. Off to Grandma and Grandad's again to collect Will. But he was still hungry.
On Tuesday he ate through another three hour ABA session. While he was at this session his Mum dropped his brother off at kinder and then came back to collect him. An afternoon of rest followed, after which time he went with his Mum to pick up Will. BUT he was STILL hungry.
On Wednesday he ate through one three hour session at a mainstream occasional care centre so that he was able to socialise with typical children in a typical environment. He then came home for lunch, took his brother to kinder, came home for some rest, and then went back to kinder to collect Will. BUT he was STILL HUNGRY.
On Thursday he ate through yet another three hour ABA session. He was lucky that on this day he had no more appointments and was able to rest. BUT he was STILL HUNGRY!
On Friday he dropped his brother off for an early kinder session and then ate through his last three hour ABA session for the week. After being picked up he went with his Mum to collect his brother. In the afternoon he spent some time with his Grandma and Grandad. BUT HE WAS STILL HUNGRY!!!
On Saturday he ate through his favourite part of the week, his swimming lesson, and then spent some time with his Nanna, Papa, Uncle and cousins.
The next day was Sunday again. The caterpillar ate through a nice day of playing and relaxing (sometimes involving an ice cream from Dairy Bell) and after that you would think he would feel much better but he really preferred the routine during the week.
Now he wasn't hungry any more - and he wasn't a little caterpillar any more. He was a caterpillar that was filling up with new skills, new ways to cope, and new ways to communicate.
He built a small cocoon with these new skills, and when he pushed his way out...
he was a beautiful butterfly.