Spent another afternoon at a follow-up evaluation for one of the grandkids. One comment made by the therapist continues to ring in my head. “Often, I will recommend therapy here in clinic, but what really helps is making changes at home, and utilizing strategies there. It’s the little changes and strategies that make the difference. You’re already doing those. He doesn’t need therapy; you’ve got this.”
Yes. The compliment was appreciated by my daughter and I. But more importantly, it was yet another reminder that what happens in our homes outweighs so many other things. Whatever challenges, frustrations, set-backs, and bad days come our way, home is the place to tackle them. Our children need our input and our support more than all the therapy, specialists, and office visits in the world. I understand that those things are needed, but they cannot take the place of a loving home, parents who take the time to arm themselves with tools for helping each child, and trusting the powers of heaven to help. Special needs children are just that-special, and their needs can be met by us. That’s why they were sent to our family.
Nothing will ever take the place of a loving home. Ever.