Your baby has been diagnosed with something you can barely pronounce – plagiocephaly. This in itself might be enough to send you reeling. When you start reading about the treatments and therapies and specialists, it’s probably enough to push you over the top. Never fear, the treatment options to treat plagiocephaly have never been easier or more within reach. More and more parents are opting for In Home Therapy to create a more comfortable atmosphere for baby.
What Kinds of Services are Offered Through In-Home Therapy?
Your doctor may have suggested that you work with an occupational therapist (OT) or physical therapist (PT) to help strengthen and condition baby’s immature muscle systems. By peeking into your world, your therapist can see where and how you live so they can work with you to create a plan to keep baby off of their back as much as possible. There are a number of OT services that now include home-based services in order to make therapy more comfortable for baby and parents. There are also state-run In Home Therapy programs that work exclusively in the home, such as Early Intervention programs.
Creating a More Comfortable Environment
One of the biggest strengths to In Home Therapy is that baby is most comfortable at home. When you take baby to a doctor’s appointment or somewhere new they might act a little different than when they are in a familiar setting. By introducing OT or PT at home, you can avoid this potentially stressful part of therapy. Both parents and baby will perform better when they are comfortable.
Work With Families to Understand Their Environmental Pitfalls
Another major benefit to having therapy in a home setting is that your therapist can create a customized plan that revolves around your family. If your family likes to gather around the TV after dinner, the therapist can create a plan that accommodates the entire family. Perhaps baby is a fourth child and mom and dad are constantly on the go; the therapist can look for time periods where tummy time and exercises can best fit into your busy schedule.
Closely Monitor Progress
An additional benefit of home therapy is the ability of the therapist to be closely monitoring baby on a weekly basis. You will probably visit your doctor on a monthly or even bi-monthly basis. If your baby’s plagiocephaly does not require a helmet, your therapist can help to make sure it stays that way. Most in-home therapy occurs once or twice weekly, so the therapist can take careful measurements on a very regular basis. This also offers an important safety net. If the therapist is not seeing adequate progress, they might suggest you schedule an appointment to see your pediatrician.
By working with a therapist in your home you can help ensure that baby makes the best progress possible. Staying out of clinic or specialist office will help baby grow and thrive in her own home.