Early Intervention &
Therapy for all Ages and Needs

Finding a Therapist

A therapy program works best when there is a good rapport between the family and the therapist. The recommended services should be accessible for the family -- financially and geographically. Often in a good therapeutic experience, families find interactions with their child have become more enjoyable.

The following are some things to consider when selecting a therapist:

The ideal situation is to find a therapist located near your home or in an area that is easy for you to get to. If you are interested in a particular program and transportation is a concern, find out if the program offers transportation services, or look into publicly-funded transportation resources. (See Transportation in the Family Support section of this Guide.)

Most insurance plans, including Medical Assistance, provide some therapy coverage. Check the benefits of your policy. Some therapy programs have alternative funding resources to help children with inadequate or no insurance. Call the program of your choice to find out what options are available.

A recommendation of a therapist by a "satisfied customer" can be a helpful guide. But remember that each child has different needs, and a therapist who worked well for one family may not be as well suited for your child's situation.

Family/Therapist Relationship
You should feel comfortable asking the therapist various questions, including the reasons the therapy is necessary, the techniques that will be used, the length of time the therapeutic program will require, the anticipated results, etc. The answers you receive should be clear, complete and meaningful. You should also feel welcome to ask for additional clarification, including information in writing. A family should be informed of the overall plan behind the therapeutic approach. A good therapist cares about the family's insights regarding the child, along with the family's concerns and goals for the child.

Child/Therapist Relationship
The therapist should be willing to learn about your child's medical condition and any distinct needs or differences that can affect the treatment. A good therapist is sensitive to your child's needs, questions and comments. The child needs to be told what the treatment involves, with the information presented at his or her level of understanding. Both the therapist and the family should do all they can to make the child's experience as comfortable as possible.

Families should be assured that all the issues related to their child's condition and needs will be handled in a confidential manner.