Developmental Therapy evaluates children's global development in order to identify areas of developmental delays in areas including cognitive processes, social interaction, functional independence to improve your child’s quality of life at home and in the community. Our Developmental Therapist will develop play activities designed to help a child overcome their challenges and improve the quality their interactions in order to help them gain confidence in their own ability to learn and to acquire typical skills.
We typically provide developmental therapy in your home through your state's early intervention program for children ages birth to 3 years old, or in our outpatient clinic.
For more information on the early intervention program here in Illinois please click here, and ask to work with a Therapy Care therapist should you receive these services.
After a thorough evaluation, our therapist will create a customized therapy plan tailored to accomplish your child’s unique therapeutic goals. It will include the right combination of strategies, including exercises, games, equipment, tools and modalities, and home activities the whole family can participate in. We may also be able to make other types of recommendations for their school and adaptive equipment or devices a necessary.
The key to developmental therapy, as with therapy in general, is to challenge your child while fostering a warm and welcoming environment. Your child thus develops skills while having fun at the same time. When these two aspects of therapy remain in balance with each other, your child is able to make sustained progress toward goals and ultimately your child will maximize his/her potential.
Does My Child Need Therapy?
How do I know if my child may need physical therapy? Can my child benefit from physical therapy? These are the two most common questions we receive from parents. There is no clear answer, but there are some indicators to look out for, but make sure to see where your child falls on usual development timelines.
For a good overview of a child's typical development timeline visit the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Your child has a decreased attention to tasks, books, puzzles, and/or other age-appropriate play materials
Your child has a decreased attention or decreased interest in adults and peers in their environment
Your child is not yet imitating gestures or play ideas
Your child has difficulty following directions or tolerating adult-direction
Your child has difficulty accepting another’s play idea
Your child has difficulty transitioning between activities throughout the day
Your child has difficulty following along with group routines
Your child is easily frustrated, gives up on activities easily
Your child does not attempting to problem solve independently