Q. For a child undergoing occupational or speech therapy, is it advisable to switch to a home program?
A. A home program may be ideal for a child undergoing therapy because parents will take responsibility for their child’s behavioral development. However, the drawback here is the child might be the boss in his home. He can be manipulative and can get his way. Often times, he may behave well in the therapy center where he is undergoing therapy but he might not transition well into the home. To ensure that your child is meeting his behavioral milestones, it would be best to consult a developmental pediatrician who would refer you to an appropriate allied health professional—whether an occupational therapist or speech pathologist as children's needs may vary.
About the author: Francis Xavier M. Dimalanta, M.D., is a Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrician at St. Luke's Medical Center, Quezon City