Finally, making progress

Elliot is still going to his TSSV sessions on a Monday morning without any complaint.  He has attended 6 sessions now and I am not sure whether we are making a huge amount of progress yet.  I am feeling pretty guilty as we get lots of follow up work to do outside of school and I don’t always get a chance to do it all.  His session notes don’t seem to be changing much maybe this  this week I get around to doing more.

Elliot: Session 6

  • Cheers: participated with encouragement, imitated peer ideas.  Loved the marble run! Really participated with the marble run and helped figure out the problem and fix it.
  • Challenge: maintaining group peer play, speaking to peers.

Firstly I think we need to get a recommendation for a good mental health professional in the area.  I have heard of Damien Korb and I am thinking he might be a good place to start.  I check in with the PTS therapists and they highly recommend him.  So here starts my next mission to get an appointment slot.  I contact the centre for developing minds who take our details and mail out an information pack.  The paperwork arrives a few days later and I am greeted by what seems to be pretty standard statements referencing payments.  These companies will NOT deal with insurance companies and you MUST pay for their services directly.  This is not giving me  a warm feeling about getting any help towards any of this treatment for Elliot.  Up until now the sessions have been costing around $150 but this one is really going to hike up the tally @ $600.  Hope this guy is worth it.  With all these escalating costs and no sign of help from the insurance company we will soon need to ask a very serious question of our selves.  “Can we afford to live here?”  We have a couple of avenues to explore before we get there but these are very real questions when the few sessions we have been to and have organised are totalling nearly $5000.  Fingers crossed we find a way around the blocks the insurance company are putting up.  I have a strange feeling that the old insurance company would have covered Elliot but AppSense changed providers this year.  I need to see if I can find out.  Hmmm…….another project .

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