When Is Developmental Therapy Needed?
A child learns through play. From interacting with toys, interacting with people, imitating what they see around them, exploring and moving with confidence in their world. If their attempts to interact functionally within their environment is compromised, either by poor posture, poor motor coordination, poor language skills, sensory integration differences, decreased attention span, behavioral issues, etc., then their ability to acquire skills and learn from their interactions and explorations may also be compromised.
Developmental therapy is a discipline that specifically looks at HOW a child is developing during the most significant period of development, birth through 3 years through Early Intervention Services. Developmental therapists do not address one specific area but instead look at a child GLOBALLY (e.g., cognitive skills, language and communication, social-emotional skills and behavior, gross and fine motor skills, and self-help skills.).
And why it's important
Early intervention applies to children born to three years of age who are discovered to have or be at risk of developing a handicapping condition or other special need that may affect their development. Early intervention consists of the provision of services a child and their families could benefit from by possibly lessening the effects of a condition.
Child development research has established that the rate of human learning and development is most rapid in the preschool years. Timing of intervention becomes particularly important when a child runs the risk of missing an opportunity to learn during a state of maximum readiness. If the most teachable moments or stages of greatest readiness are not taken advantage of, a child may have difficulty learning a particular skill at a later time.
To find out more about Early Intervention, please call the Division of Developmental Disabilities/Children’s Services for your area.
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