Pediatric Developmental Therapy
Who we are: The developmental therapists employed by Positive Steps Therapy hold a degree in education and utilize their specialized skills and knowledge to evaluate and treat children and adolescents with a variety of developmental delays within the Early Intervention program. A developmental therapist, or special instructor, provides therapy within the context of natural environments, using a team approach among professionals and collaboration with parents. They utilize routine based activities which are both fun and therapeutic to help an individual achieve their fullest functional potential in their daily activities. For children, daily activities that a developmental therapist can assist with include, but are not limited to:
- Play activities
- Social interactions
- Behavior management
- Self care
- Preschool readiness
Responsibilities of a developmental therapist include:
- Designing learning environments and activities that promote the child’s acquisition of skills in a variety of developmental areas
- Curriculum planning, including the planned interaction of personnel, materials, and time and space that leads to achieving the outcomes in the child’s Individualized Family Service Plan
- Providing information, skills, and support to families related to enhancing skill development by the child
- Working with the child to enhance the child’s development
Who we treat: As developmental therapists in the Early Intervention program, we can treat any child from birth to 3 years of age with a delay in one or more developmental area. Children can be seen by one of our early intervention therapists in the home or in a community setting.
Children benefiting from DV include but are not limited to children with a diagnosis of:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Cerebral Palsy
- Neurological Impairments
- Chromosomal deletions
- Developmental Delay
- Down Syndrome
- Genetic abnormalities
How we evaluate and treat: Here at Positive Steps Therapy, we strive for an individualized, family oriented approach from the initial therapy evaluation all the way through to discharge from services. The developmental therapist will complete a one-on-one consultation with the family to determine specific concerns for the child and then utilize the most recent standardized assessments to determine a child’s individual needs. Based on the results of the evaluation, as well as family concerns and physician recommendations, an individualized plan of treatment will be developed and discussed with the family with therapy to follow as recommended specifically for your child.
Throughout your child’s treatment, the developmental therapist will provide education, information, and recommendations to your family on how to carry over the activities into the home, school, and community environments.
The developmental therapists at Positive Steps Therapy work closely with other therapists on staff that may be treating your child, as well as consulting with all professionals involved in your child’s care in order to achieve the optimal outcome from therapy and provide carryover and consistency across all settings for the best benefit of the child.