up close and personal
*taptap* anyone in there??
So they did, afterall, recommend the Day Hospital program for Ben. I went into the evaluation pretty adamant that I would not do this program with Ben, that it was more than he needed.
They made a few important points though. 1. With Ben's shyness a once or twice a week outpatient behavioral therapy program would mean that most of each session would wind up being spent re-establishing trust and a comfortable atmosphere between Ben and the therapist leaving very little time for the actual work. 2. They didn't consider Ben's eating problems to be "behavioral", but rather "learned". Based on the history I provided they felt he has had eating issues basically from birth and that his chronic constipation and eczema and diagnosed food allergies is just proof that something is not quite normal in his GI system. 3. Ben lost the two pounds he gained last month and was back down to 26lbs. He is not taking in enough calories to maintain his weight WITHOUT strictly adhering to the three Boost shakes a day (which we haven't been good about the last few weeks because we were away for a long weekend and just other things going on).
every little girl is a princess!
But the biggest factor that convinced me to go with the Day Hospital program was that they thought it BEST to have Anna and Ben go through the program TOGETHER!!! So this alleviates my worries about what I would do with Ben during Anna's 4 weeks of therapy. Also they will be trained to eat TOGETHER. With just Anna in the program after the four weeks she would have to be fed seperately from the rest of the family. With them in the program together they will always eat together and so eliminate the stress of separate meals for them.
And we march on!