Tuesday, June 25, 2013
At our last therapy appointment, our therapist told me she thinks we are ready to move on in J-Man's therapy. We've been doing EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to work through his past trauma. But after a couple months of that, we and our therapist feel that J-Man's behavioral issues are more "normal" 3-year-old behaviors. The therapist said we have moved through the trauma work, he knows his story, and he's sort of done hearing it.
She suggested we transition into PCIT (Parent Child Interactive Therapy). My understanding is that you interact/play with your child while wearing an earpiece that is connected to a therapist watching you through a window. The therapist observes and sort of prompts you, through the earpiece, on ways to interact/promote attachment/redirect/discipline your child. It's very focused on positive parenting and can help with more of the behavior issues. While I do agree that J-Man's behaviors are more "normal" 3-year-old now, I think they are still sort of heightened because of all that he's been through in life. So Chris and I still feel we need a little help with how to handle him.
I cannot tell you what a beautiful thing it was to hear his therapist acknowledge the progress he's made and tell me we are ready to move forward from trauma work. We have seen night and day differences with J-Man over the past couple of months, but to have a professional notice those differences, too, was so gratifying.
We are so grateful that we sought help when we did. It has made all the difference in the world for our family!