How Long Should a Therapy Session Last?

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Parents often ask us, what is the difference between a 30-minute, 45-minute, or 60-minute therapy session? What about therapy sessions that are even longer? 

We here at Cutting Edge have stuck to usually doing 60-minute therapy sessions. The main reason we do this is because many of our clients have a difficult time transitioning in and out of the clinic. If we’re dong a 30-minute session and the child has transitional difficulties, we may not actually get much time to work in the session. Sometimes a child gets very involved in an activity and they want to stay longer to finish it, which we’re not really able to do in a 30-minute therapy session. And then, of course, if the activity has to be interrupted before they’re ready, they’re probably going to have another difficult transition time!

We definitely prefer the longer therapy sessions that allow a child time to transition, and more time to spend in activities that they might want to stick to for a little longer. 

Also, we find that shorter sessions actually extend the course of treatment, overall. Shorter sessions don’t give us much of the wiggle room we need when a child is struggling in an area and we may have to repeat it two or three times. Our philosophy is that if we do more in a longer session time, you’ll have a shorter treatment process overall and the child will have the time to make better progress in each session. 

For more questions about our therapy treatment sessions, please give us as call today!

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