Listen to your own needs and commit to actively taking care of yourself in different ways. You will feel better and model healthy coping strategies for your child. Prioritize time for yourself.
Be present during the therapy sessions with your child. Shut off cell phones, make eye contact, and engage in activities with your child and the therapist. You will get much more out of the session, learn about yourself, and send the important message to your child, “You are important. You deserve my full attention.”
Be involved in your child’s therapy. Ask questions, inform the therapist of any new behaviors or developments during the past week, tell your child’s therapist when something is working or not working, and help your child practice what he or she learns during therapy sessions at home.