Developmental Therapy (DT) is geared for children from birth to eight years when children 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, our developmental therapists look at each child globally and incorporate all the necessary components of development. Some children may see a speech pathologist, an occupational therapist, and/or a social worker to work on specific skills, however 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.
Utilizing the DIR® Floortime model, therapy is individualized for each child’s unique strengths, challenges and individual biological profile. The therapy meets the child at his/her developmental level while encouraging independence, creativity and natural, warm and positive relationships to help the child move up the developmental ladder. The therapist will work with you to create a home program that fits the needs of your family. Parents and caregivers of younger children are encouraged to be a part of therapy sessions to maximize each child’s ability to engage, relate and communicate.
A Developmental Therapist can come to your home for an initial, free consultation. It is at this time, that we will gather a developmental history of your child, hear your goals/concerns, and play with your child to determine the best way to move forward.
Goals are written for every child and assessed every 8 weeks. At the end of each session, the DT will write a narrative of their session as well as provide qualitative data which will be gathered to chart your child’s progress. Parents will receive a summary of this data every 6-8 weeks.