It’s gonna be a huge day for Elliott

On Monday, July 17th, Elliott will finally be getting back into occupational therapy. He’s been on the wait list for over a year and was originally scheduled at the beginning of the month but the OT needed to reschedule. 

I’m not entirely sure who’s more excited, me or Elliott. lol

He really needs this. I hope it helps him to gain strength, build coordination, and confidence. When Elliott has first evaluated a few years ago, they said he had the worst muscle tone they’d ever seen. I can’t say I disagree because his joints are extremely loose. 



Loose joints aren’t something that can be fixed. The only thing you can do is strengthen the surrounding muscles, so they can aid in compensation. 

I think I may take Elliott by myself, and have Lizze hang out at home with the other two boys. As excited as Elliott is, he’s also very nervous. Having his brothers there staring at him, would likely not go over too well. 

This appointment is a re-evaluation because he’s been on the list for so long. After this evaluation, they’ll decide what he needs and how often he needs it. I’ve no idea how long the wait is for an actual appointment after this. 

It’s been really frustrating that this has taken this long. Unfortunately, there’s a major shortage of occupational and physical therapists in our area. 

Despite the wait, I’m so grateful that he will finally get back into OT. 



  • Kim Gebhardt says:

    Elliott has bad muscle tone? Isn’t that why Emmett was in PT and OT or am I confusing the two? Is there a genetic component? I feel like having two kids with that sort of issue is odd, though I am the first to admit that I have very little knowledge about muscle tone in children.

  • Kim Gebhardt says:

    Elliott has bad muscle tone? Isn’t that why Emmett was in PT and OT or am I confusing the two? Is there a genetic component? I feel like having two kids with that sort of issue is odd, though I am the first to admit that I have very little knowledge about muscle tone in children.

  • Jimmy Rock says:

    Probably a good idea to go by yourself when the OT evaluation is being conducted so that you can focus on it and add your input to the OT evaluator if/when necessary. These tests will determine how much OT he gets, and small variations in performance can sometimes lead to very different scores. If he’s having a “good” day it may not be the worst idea to put a bug in their ear and let them know that he doesn’t typically perform this well…

    Sucks that there’s such an OT shortage in your area. I understand that it’s not an option because of finances, but I’m just curious – does that shortage in your area extend to private pay OTs as well?

    • Rob Gorski says:

      He goes to Akron Children’s Hospital, as it’s the best in the area. Truthfully, I don’t even know of any others. The only other one was bought by Akron Children’s Hospital. As far as the shortage goes, it’s a universal shortage. The only thing harder to find that a kids OT or PT, is a child psychiatrist…

      It’s not a money issue, it’s a lack of people in the profession in our area. It’s a problem for everyone around here.

    • Rob Gorski says:

      He goes to Akron Children’s Hospital, as it’s the best in the area. Truthfully, I don’t even know of any others. The only other one was bought by Akron Children’s Hospital. As far as the shortage goes, it’s a universal shortage. The only thing harder to find that a kids OT or PT, is a child psychiatrist…

      It’s not a money issue, it’s a lack of people in the profession in our area. It’s a problem for everyone around here.

    • Rob Gorski says:

      He goes to Akron Children’s Hospital, as it’s the best in the area. Truthfully, I don’t even know of any others. The only other one was bought by Akron Children’s Hospital. As far as the shortage goes, it’s a universal shortage. The only thing harder to find that a kids OT or PT, is a child psychiatrist…

      It’s not a money issue, it’s a lack of people in the profession in our area. It’s a problem for everyone around here.

    • Rob Gorski says:

      He goes to Akron Children’s Hospital, as it’s the best in the area. Truthfully, I don’t even know of any others. The only other one was bought by Akron Children’s Hospital. As far as the shortage goes, it’s a universal shortage. The only thing harder to find that a kids OT or PT, is a child psychiatrist…

      It’s not a money issue, it’s a lack of people in the profession in our area. It’s a problem for everyone around here.

  • Jimmy Rock says:

    Probably a good idea to go by yourself when the OT evaluation is being conducted so that you can focus on it and add your input to the OT evaluator if/when necessary. These tests will determine how much OT he gets, and small variations in performance can sometimes lead to very different scores. If he’s having a “good” day it may not be the worst idea to put a bug in their ear and let them know that he doesn’t typically perform this well…

    Sucks that there’s such an OT shortage in your area. I understand that it’s not an option because of finances, but I’m just curious – does that shortage in your area extend to private pay OTs as well?

    • Rob Gorski says:

      He goes to Akron Children’s Hospital, as it’s the best in the area. Truthfully, I don’t even know of any others. The only other one was bought by Akron Children’s Hospital. As far as the shortage goes, it’s a universal shortage. The only thing harder to find that a kids OT or PT, is a child psychiatrist…

      It’s not a money issue, it’s a lack of people in the profession in our area. It’s a problem for everyone around here.

    • Rob Gorski says:

      He goes to Akron Children’s Hospital, as it’s the best in the area. Truthfully, I don’t even know of any others. The only other one was bought by Akron Children’s Hospital. As far as the shortage goes, it’s a universal shortage. The only thing harder to find that a kids OT or PT, is a child psychiatrist…

      It’s not a money issue, it’s a lack of people in the profession in our area. It’s a problem for everyone around here.

    • Rob Gorski says:

      He goes to Akron Children’s Hospital, as it’s the best in the area. Truthfully, I don’t even know of any others. The only other one was bought by Akron Children’s Hospital. As far as the shortage goes, it’s a universal shortage. The only thing harder to find that a kids OT or PT, is a child psychiatrist…

      It’s not a money issue, it’s a lack of people in the profession in our area. It’s a problem for everyone around here.

    • Rob Gorski says:

      He goes to Akron Children’s Hospital, as it’s the best in the area. Truthfully, I don’t even know of any others. The only other one was bought by Akron Children’s Hospital. As far as the shortage goes, it’s a universal shortage. The only thing harder to find that a kids OT or PT, is a child psychiatrist…

      It’s not a money issue, it’s a lack of people in the profession in our area. It’s a problem for everyone around here.