As much as I bitch about waiting rooms and the gajillion dollars a week we pay out in copays, I am so grateful for the therapies we’re able to take Jack to.
But last winter the SLP who ran our social skills group left her practice and we lost social skills. And then a couple of weeks ago we got letters saying that our occupational therapist’s practice won’t be taking our insurance anymore, so as of this week we’ve lost OT.
So now we’re down to a half hour of speech therapy a week for Jack. Period. That doesn’t seem like a lot of therapy for a kid who so clearly needs it. But who can afford $90 every week for insurance-free occupational therapy? And how do you convince the school system to give it to him in school when they are absolutely convinced that his OT needs don’t affect his school success?
I feel a little stressed because I think he needs more. I look at Jack and I look at a half hour of therapy TOTAL each week, and the scale is definitely unbalanced.
Our OT was amazing and folded speech skills into his sessions, which included three kids so she could work on social skills at the same time. And as far as I can tell, there just aren’t any pediatric OTs in my area who take insurance.
And just as a side bitch, I drove for an hour and a half yesterday for a half hour of speech therapy because no one closer to me takes my insurance, takes new patients, or returns phone calls. (But I’m grateful for it! Please, oh, gods of therapy, don’t take our SLP from us.)
It’s frustrating and it’s disruptive, and it pisses me off that I can’t take my child to a therapist he really connects with and improves with because the insurance company is made up of assholes who won’t pay the fucking OT.
Health insurance reform, anyone?
(Just as an FYI: Whenever I write these sorts of posts because I’m in a really bad mood and I’m pissed off, I get a lot of people who worry about me. I’m okay. Jack’s okay. We’re looking at our options now and we’ll hopefully get him started on something in January. If nothing else, we’ll increase his speech therapy. On an unrelated note, what kind of therapies have helped your child the most?)