Harder than I thought

We are sitting in the waiting room while O is in the back doing his thing at his 3rd day at Brain Balance.   When this began,  I thought this would be the hard part. Traveling 30 minutes to get here,  him receiving his 1 hour program treatment, then the 40 minute drive home (because traffic is worse then).  I really thought this would be the hardest,  then food would be really hard for him too.  Well, he’s thrown me for a loop!   His home program and exercises are a REAL STRUGGLE.  He doesn’t want to do it (correctly), no matter what we say or do.  We try to make it fun,  we set a timer and tell him he only has to work for that amount of time,  then we’ll take a break, we remind him of the Brain Bucks he gets to earn for doing his work, but so far we haven’t discovered what will help him actually do the exercises like he needs to.  I keep reminding myself that we are just in the beginning, and that it takes time for him to really get this,  but it’s hard.   I spend most of the time with him reminding myself not to get frustrated and breathing deeply so I don’t lose control while working on home program.  
Hopefully soon we’ll find how to reach him in this area.  He’s actually done well in the other areas of the program, so I’m trying to see the bright side of our situation.  

One thought on “Harder than I thought

  1. Hugs! I’ve been there. 3 of mine have learning disabilities that required weekly therapy in an office with home therapy at home. The home work was such a big struggle. It’s hard for them because in order for their brain to rewire it has to be stressed and pushed past it’s comfort zone. (Much like muscle builders must push their workouts which can lead to muscle soreness.) At first I didn’t realize what was happening because the exercises were easy for me to do. Once I understood the stress they were under it helped me to have more patience. Sometimes they would get so frustrated they would throw their manipulatives at me. It took a lot of deep breaths and hugs and short breaks. The daughter that I was the most consistent with is now functioning without an IEP in honors classes in public high school and looking towards a career in health care. Press on Mama. It’s worth it in the end, but I know how hard it is.

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