Do you recall how Emmett has been refused speech therapy? Do you also remember that the reasoning behind was that he hasn’t made enough progress and he’s not expected to catch up?
As if that wasn’t bad enough, they have now denied him occupational therapy as well. The reasoning is that it isn’t medically necessary. The justification for that is based on a numbered scale, where aparantly Emmett tested a few tenths of a point to high and so he no longer needs therapy.
You’ll have to excuse my language but that is fucking bullshit. This is like jump into your waders because the shit is getting deep kind of bullshit.
A few tenths of a point? He’s not not expected to achieve? Are you fucking kidding me?
Clearly they are not and so that means that we now have another battle to fight in the war that already rages on multiple fronts.
We are going to go through the proper channels. However, if the proper channels produce nothing, well, than I’m going to make this very, very ugly for them.
Emmett is not the first child with #Autism to be kicked to the curb and abandoned by an insurance company and he very likely won’t be the last. Who holds these companies to any sort of moral or ethical standard? The answer is no one? These companies answer to the almighty dollar.
I realize that companies have to draw the line somewhere, however, who dictates where that line is to be drawn and who in the hell has decided that Emmett will never catch up in the speech and language department?
We aren’t talking unnecessary therapies either. To a child with #Autism, speech and language therapies can literally means the difference between remaining silent and learning to speak. How is that not vital?
To a child with #Autism and serious sensory processing issues, occupational therapy is absolutely essential for learning to cope with or overcoming the sensory obstacles in their way. This allows them to better live in and navigate our extremely unsensory friendly world we live in.
These types of services shouldn’t be a luxury, they should be each and every child’s right.
As it stands, there is absolutely no way that we could pay out of pocket for the amount of services Emmett desperately needs each week. Right now, we are expecting to see physical therapy gone as well.
I’m one angry papa bear and I will fight to the death for the betterment of my cubs.
**Thanks for reading**
-Lost and Tired
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