Parents - Sensory Diet FAQs

1.  What can I expect when my child completes the Sensory Diet program?

This program is designed to address the psycho-social emotional area of functioning. Parents typically report behavioral changes such as: increased attention, improved sleep, increased focus and purposeful interaction.

 

2.  Will I notice a difference in my child right away?

Most parents report behavioral changes in their child within the first month of the program.

 

3.  What do the SD fees include?

This is a 4 to 6 month course of intervention that includes:

a) Design of the individualized sensory diet
b) Consultation and delivery of the program
c) Check in
d) Consultation


4.  What if I have questions or concerns before my check in or consultation

Our client care and therapy team are happy to answer any question or address any concern that you may have. Please email your question to clientcare@therapeeds.com and it will be directed to the team member best suited to respond.

 

5.  What happens after my child has completed the Sensory Diet program?

Once your child has completed the course of therapy, we suggest having an evaluation to identify if there are deficits in the other developmental areas. If there are higher level deficits, we then shift to the consultative model of the home program.

When my son Jacob was 3, my husband and I noticed that he seemed to be having issues with noise sensitivity, scanning, group activities, meltdowns, among other things. We took Jacob to an Occupational Therapist (OT) group that was paid for by our health insurance company. After several months of appointments with the OT group, where they seemed to simply take Jacob through routine exercises, they informed us that he was released from their program because he had met all of his goals. Even though he was released from the OT program Jacob was still having the same issues.  I told the OT how I felt but they said that he was fine and he was released. As a parent you know when things are not right with your child and I continued to look for help for Jacob.  After much research, God found Julia for Jacob and we asked if she would give Jacob an evaluation. After a 3 hour evaluation, Julia told us that Jacob had Sensory Integration Disorder and gave us a food/vitamin guideline to follow until we could meet with her again. She also informed me that in order for her to take Jacob into her care I would have to make a commitment to work with Jacob through the sessions as well and be a part of this growth experience. I was very excited to have finally found someone who could help my son and who took an interest in treating him like an individual.  Julia was able to diagnose Jacob’s symptoms and she understood that Jacob could be strengthened and released from his imprisonment. She was able to positively influence, understand, validate, treat, support, and strengthen Jacob.  She took Jacob through various stages of therapy including the strengthening of his core.  Something we sometimes overlook so easily in society today.  We started our sessions and we did everything Julia asked.  At that time Jacob was afraid of many things and melted down in public over loud noises and unexpected experiences. We knew that life as unpredictable as it is, Jacob needed to be able to function in any situation.  As time went on Jacob began to improve and we saw a few things change in our son.  His confidence was growing.  He learned to never give up, even if he wanted to and he also learned that his hard work would pay off.  Oh, what a sense of accomplishment for a little boy to be a part of this growth!  You could see that Jacob knew that he had been released from a life of fear!  Julia's therapy gave us the tools to be better parents for not only Jacob but for our other 2 children as well.  Today Jacob is almost 8 and he is in the 2nd grade and doing great.  He has faced head on, a move to Texas, a new school for Kindergarten and this year another new school for second grade.  He still doesn’t really like loud noises but he uses coping skills that Julia has taught him (and us). The Happy Birthday song is now sung with a smile not a cry. He faces all challenges. We are so proud of Jacob and the work he has  accomplished and the work he continues to do. As for Julia, we are so grateful to her.  Julia, thank you for saving our son!


Marie B.
Weston, FL

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