On this week’s episode, Heidi is joined by Brianna Brown, a feeding therapist and member of the Thrive Tube Weaning Team. To follow up with last week’s topic on anxiety, Brianna and Heidi are discussing how to move forward when there is an actual problem or crisis during a tube wean. Anxiety and the feeling of a crisis are common during tube weaning in all families with children of all ages. Although the problem may be different for each family, there are common strategies that we find very important. Brianna and Heidi will discuss why addressing your mindset is so important when starting to address the problem and how our therapists can help parents through that while weaning. There are many things to consider when working with families, but the 3 most important things are: building a team, focusing on communication, and sticking to the facts. Throughout this episode, Brianna and Heidi will break down these three strategies and how they relate to tube weaning.
Last week, Jamie and Heidi spoke about how anxiety and worrying are related during tube weaning. During this episode, one of the first steps to addressing anxiety is to ask if the problem is a “today” problem or a real problem. So what happens when it is? Heidi and Brianna focus on what to do when a real problem has to be addressed.
At Thrive, we find the coaching model very helpful when conversing with parents and working as a team to gather information.
Building a Team:
It is important to know that there is someone who you can have clear communication with as part of your team. Some people may add to the chaos or anxiety, while other members of your team may help to calm everyone down.
Sticking to the Facts
With so much going on during a wean, it is so important to take a step back and look at the facts. It is helpful to pull yourself out of the crisis if possible and write down what are the things we know that are true vs. not true. By doing this and addressing what is not true, it can help a crisis feel less overwhelming.
Decision Making Process with the Team:
After following the above steps and identifying all of the facts, you and your therapists can come together as a team and make a plan for the facts what we know. Once that plan has been made, the door can be closed and a decision can be made.