The Starfish Story
(adapted from The Star Thrower, by Lauren Eisley)
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out "Good Morning, May I ask what it is that you are doing?"
The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean".
"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean"? asked the somewhat startled wiseman.
To this the young man replied "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die".
Upon hearing this, this wise man commented "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said...
"It made a difference for that one".
The right therapist makes all the difference in the world. I have written about therapy before usually how I don't follow common practice and do every sort of therapy possible and how hard it is to get appointments. This is another side of that story. This is what happens when you find the right place and the right person that fits just right for what you need.
When I was looking for therapist I kept calling the ones closest to me and the ones that had been recommended. We were on the wait list at childrens for OT that was 6 months long. One day I just got tired of being told 1) we don't take your insurance 2) no space available 3) we have no experience with autism. I think I just used Google and Goggled every OT within 2 hours of us and emailed every one of them. I must have emailed close to 20 and of that 20, ONE responded. The one that responded Achieve Beyond.
I talked to the office manager L who took some information from me. L originally told me it could take up to two weeks to get insurance approval but they did take my insurance, knew how to handle autism, and best of all NO wait list. I didn't expect to hear from L for a couple of weeks but he called back that afternoon. he had already gotten approval and had some options for times to come in for the evaluation within the next two weeks. Once the evaluation was done he emailed me a copy of it and again already had approval for treatment and options for appointment times. The office staff here especially L has made things painless on the insurance aspect of it.
Now for our OT C. When it comes to C you can not ask for a better OT. She knows what she is doing and the progress that she has facilitated is nothing short of amazing. She gives off the impression that while yes this is her job its more than a job to her. In the past any sort of doctor appointment would stress Roger out and he just didn't want to go. Now he wants to go. He knows once a week we are going to see C and she is going to let him play with the swing (really I should get one of them). C uses what he is interested in to work on things. Yes he does have to do things he does not want to but there is the payoff in the end and that works for him. She makes therapy not therapy it's fun for him. She is worth every penny.
We liked C so much that when we lost our speech therapist at children's and were put back on their 6 month wait list I called L again and asked if they had any available appointments. Again the process was quick and easy and they even got us a speech appointments with S following Rogers appointments with C. Considering we have an hour commute each way this is very helpful for us. We just started with S a couple weeks ago but so far so good. :)
If you are looking for a clinic and you are in Metro DC Area, California, Connecticut, New York, or Illinois check Achieve Beyond out. website, Facebook. If all of the clinics are like the one we go to you will not be sorry.