Getting Outside Help
Today we had an another appointment for my 8 year old son. In his limited lifetime he’s been to: Speech Therapy, Sensory Integration Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapists, chiropractors, energy workers, homeopaths, and intuitive healers. That’s quite a lot for one little boy. We stopped all those modalities except for homeopathy, energy workers, and intuitive healers. I just couldn’t keep up with everything recommended and I didn’t think he needs everything the experts recommend.
I’m pretty alternative with our healthcare choices. My son has changed radically using homeopathy, EFT and other energy work. His violent outbursts have subsided, his short sleep cycles and general grumpiness are gone, occasionally popping up to remind me to pay attention to what needs to be cleared.
It’s a constant struggle – do I accept that he’ll grow into skills that most other kids his age (and younger) have, or do I get him extra help? What help do I get?
After a disastrous visit from my family where the lack of progress in his reading was pointed out to me, I struggled to sort out the difference between my maternal instinct and outside criticism. I realized that while my maternal alarm was sounding, it was misdirected at teaching him to read.
After some “coincidental” bits of information came my way, I decided to take my son to a developmental eye doctor. We went last year to a different one, but I wasn’t convinced that he really needed that therapy. Now I am. He was diagnosed separately as being dyslexic – basically he has an incredible memory, high verbal skills and does complicated math problems in his head. But, any skills involving written work is dismal. It also explains why drawing, painting, etc were always short-lived with my son.
We saw the eye doctor today. Matthew fits the profile exactly of who can benefit from this work and I have great hope that the vision therapy will help him. It’s quite a commitment – two hours a week 45 minutes away with his two younger sisters in tow.
I know that some unschoolers will say that I’m rushing him — but they don’t live with him – they don’t know he gets headaches and motion sickness at the drop of a hat … there are many other symptoms other than the fact he’s not reading or writing.
Part of me feels I’m copping out – that if I used my energy healing skills enough and gave him time, that he’d be okay. But part of me is totally relieved to get outside help.
And I will use my healing skills while he’s getting the vision therapy …I expect the eye doctor to be absolutely amazed at how quickly Matthew shifts ….
I’ll let you know!