I took a deep breath before I walked into my first patient’s home.
What I had learned prior to meeting this patient was that the patient’s parents did not like their first physical therapist because they felt that the therapist did not understand what their goals were for their child and they felt that they did not have a good rapport with their child.
They also told my agency that they wanted a physical therapist that was more experienced.
Needless to say, I was extremely nervous about meeting this family because I did not want to disappoint them.
During our first visit, my objectives were simple.
First, I wanted to know what their goals were, and I wanted to address them and discuss how I would incorporate them into my treatment plan.
So how did I do this?
I had to split my attention between my patient and their parents during this first therapy session.
I had to make sure to talk to the parents while at the same time evaluate their seven month old child in a fun and engaging way that showed the parents that 1. I knew what I was doing, and 2. I was good at what I was doing.
What I came to understand during this first treatment session, was that I was not the only one nervous about this first meeting.
Like me, these parents did not want to be disappointed in another therapist since that would mean more time and stress looking for a new clinician.
I also learned that I was just one therapist in a team of clinicians responsible for helping this child grow, learn, and move.
So how did how did my first therapy session end?
I am happy to say that I had a very successful first therapy session with this patient.
I continued to treat them until they were three years old, when they then transitioned to participate in school-based physical therapy sessions.
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