The Rights and Wrongs of a Parent Observing Therapy

“A parent should observe if their presence enhances the therapy experience and does not hinder it.”

The Anonymous OT

The Rights and Wrongs of a Parent Observing Therapy

That awkward moment when a therapist goes to grab their next client in the waiting room: The parent hovers in their seat. Are they coming with us? Are they not? Do they want to? Should I ask them to go with us? Can I just grab the child and pretend not to notice?

So many questions…but honestly, should parents observe therapy?

The simple answer- yes and no. Helpful, right? Ok, allow me to rephrase: A parent should observe if their presence enhances the therapy experience and does not hinder it. To help make this process as positive as possible, I’ve created my own list for the right and wrong ways for a parent to observe therapy.

The Right Ways for a Parent to Observe Therapy

1. Observe with the intention of follow through at home.

Some activities we attempt to describe might be difficult for a parent to visualize. Observing…

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