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Why don't ds's therapists take their job seriously!

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RnB Wed 04-May-05 15:53:47

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JakB Wed 04-May-05 17:10:09

RnB, that's really annoying love. I've had that a little in the past, too. Kind of like it's a job they can dip in and out of- like a hobby! Of course, there isn't any contract or anything so tricky.
Does she expect to come back to the same hours etc in July?
What are you going to do? Have you started looking for a nanny? WE can discuss on Saturday

Davros Wed 04-May-05 17:20:34

Been there, got t-shirt etc
I would look for someone else altogether, I don't care how good she is, a month away is the same as leaving. You don't have to broadcast it, if you find someone she's out, if you don't she won't know OR you might need her anyway when she gets back. I get so fed up with all this talk of accreditation etc, it makes sense in theory but most of them get plenty of advantage out of the informality of the job, grrrrr for you!

mizmiz Wed 04-May-05 18:32:32

May I ask what kind of therapists?

coppertop Wed 04-May-05 18:37:38

I'm guessing that this is about ABA therapists? Sounds like a nightmare, RnB.

mizmiz Wed 04-May-05 18:51:48

ct, would they be volunteers,freelancers or what?
Huge PECS fan but not so knowledgeable about ABA.

Sometimes parents and schools get cross when we are on holiday in term time (although this is not an issue really as we are not generally part of education system)and yet when therapy and home visits are offered over the summer holidays,very few people want to know!!

JakB Wed 04-May-05 19:31:42

Mizmiz, they are self-employed and there is no contract, as such. Many get really attached to their families (most of DD's have become very attached and DD's supervisor has done 3 days a week since she was 2). But some seem to see it as easy money (ha!) or something to fill in whilst studying/deciding what to do. Wasn't a rant against speech therapists! (who, when you actually get to see them, are generally fabulous).
Davros, I agree, I wouldn't keep her on. But then it's bloody annoying after training her up and everything.

mizmiz Wed 04-May-05 20:04:48

Oh, I wasn't being defensive JakB, just intrigued as to how it all works.
Can imagine it would be very annoying indeed!
Seen so many things falter because of lack of staying power/commitment (not a problem in your case, I'm sure!)and it drives me mad!!

InternationalGirl Wed 04-May-05 20:21:35

RnB how bloody annoying...

Although I'm usually a bit of a sucker for punishment, in principle I agree with Davros.

BUT I know how hard it is to find therapists and what about all the time you've put into training - although how much time have you really put in for training with this newish therapist and how often is this 'therapist' going to suddenly say they want a month off - is this a sign of things to come??

Hope it doesn't mess up your RDI trip too much - I REALLY want a report .

RnB Wed 04-May-05 20:40:54

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Davros Wed 04-May-05 21:23:16

Seriously, I would get rid but on YOUR terms if possible. I've seen it too many times, beginning of the end if you ask me (old cynic/cow!).
I actually prefer the ones who do it part-time, often as a complement to their studies but they have to take it seriously all the same. I think the fulltimers can be very hard work, overpaid, opinionated, domineering, prima donnas and I'm good friends with some of these ones! Worst part of running a program

monica2 Wed 04-May-05 21:41:03

God RnB does Davros know someone we know?? No not me!!Really hope this doesn't interfere with the RDI trip, let me know if I can be of help, I am back from jollies 9th June, I am sure I can juggle Dd's programmes and do a few hours with B therapy/other, will discuss on friday honey xx

RnB Sat 07-May-05 17:34:58

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Socci Sat 07-May-05 17:50:22

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Davros Sat 07-May-05 18:06:33

Oooh RnB, positive action!!!! I'm sure its the right thing to do and will give a message to the others, not that you're horrid and intolerant but that DS and his program are important and not optional. Well done, I'm v. impressed!

InternationalGirl Sun 08-May-05 09:14:41

Well done RnB - I know it must have been hard to do! Things will work out and the others will hopefully understand you mean business and your only motive is your son's best interests at heart!!

MABS Sun 08-May-05 10:01:10

well done RnB, but I can understand how dreadful this whole situation is for you all. Take care

JakB Sun 08-May-05 18:40:05

Well done, RnB. Hard but the right thing to do, I am sure

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