What is Developmental Therapy?
Developmental Therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on integration of conceptual skills, motor skills, language skills, and social-emotional skills. To achieve a comprehensive therapy treatment program, Developmental Therapists have to have a close relationship with a child’s family, therapists, and school to create an appropriate treatment plan and to support parents in the developmental process.
Developmental Therapy is geared for children from birth-8 years when kids work on the foundational skills of their development. The therapy integrates conceptual, motor, language and emotional skills through a play-based, child-directed approach. Therefore, the therapists will look at each child globally and incorporate all the necessary components of development. While some children may see a speech pathologist, an occupational therapist, and/or a social worker to work on specific skills separately, Developmental Therapy works to integrate all those skills through play. Goals are often focused on engagement, improving play skills, socialization and playing with others while accepting new ideas and changes.
Typical Developmental Therapy Services:
* Language and Communication Disorders
* Daily Functional Limitations
* Sensory Processing Disorders
* Balance and Coordination Disorders
* Gross Motor and Fine Motor Delays
Children that might benefit from Developmental Therapy Services include and are not limited to children with, in need, or having challenges with:
* Speech delay or communication disorder
* Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Genetic Disorders
* Impulsive: Lack of self-control
* Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD)
* Neurological Disorders
* Decreased Attention Span: ADD / ADHD
* Transition Difficulties: From one activity to another
* Poor Social Skills
* Sensory Processing Differences
* Cognitive Development Delays
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