Childhood Is Not A Race To See How Quickly A Child Can Read, Write, And Count. Childhood Is A Small Window Of Time To Learn And Develop At The Pace Which Is Right For Each Individual Child.
Developmental Delays – Will My Child Grow Out of It?
A developmental delay occurs whena child doesnot progress at the expected rate in a specific area of development. Within each developmental area, certain generalized milestones provide a guideline for typical growth and development. These milestones include learning to sit, crawl, walk, play, talk, or use hands functionally. All babies and children develop at their own pace but these developmental milestones help us to identify those children who have fallen behind their peers and need additional help to succeed in everyday life.
Developmentalmilestones fall into 6 main categories:
- Gross motor skills (e.g. rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, skipping, etc.)
- Fine motor skills (e.g. stacking blocks, stringing beads, buttoning, coloring, cutting, etc.)
- Communication skills (e.g. expression, comprehension, reading non-verbal cues, etc.)
- Cognitive skills (e.g. creating new ideas, connecting ideas, problem solving, etc.)
- Social skills (e.g. attending to others, reciprocal communication, play skills, etc.)
- Visual motor skills (e.g. catching, throwing, tracing, writing, etc.)
Treatments for developmental delays need to be tailored to the child’s specific needs taking in to consideration each child’s strengths and weaknesses. The most effective treatment plans focus on building foundational skills that enable to the child to meet these developmental milestones. It is essential that these treatments occur during early childhood, since delays in one area may impact other areas of development as well. Early intervention services that support children with developmental delays often include:
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Speech and Language Therapy
At My Kids Therapy, our highly-trained occupational therapists provided support for children with a variety of developmental delays. Prior to treatment, therapists complete a detailed evaluation of each child’s skills, including assessment of gross and fine motor skills, reflexes,muscle strength, balance, coordination, postural stability, social and play skills, visual motor skills, and sensory development. Ouroccupational therapists use this information to identify areas of developmental delay and determine the most appropriate way to address your child’s needs.
Following evaluation, your occupational therapist will design a treatment plan to meet yourchild’s specific needs with the goal of promoting success in everyday life. Our therapists use play-based activities to encourage your child to explore his or her environment while providing appropriate supports for safety. We provide parent and caregiver education to encourage carry over of recently mastered skills into the home, community, and school environments. As part of treatment sessions, therapists work to stimulate:
- The neural centers: groups of nerves that work together to produce movement
- The vestibular system: the sensory system that controls balance and coordination with movement
- The proprioceptive centers: bundles of tissue that help us know where our body is in space.
- The sensory organs: ears, eyes, mouth, skin, and nose
- Muscles: bundles of tissue that allow for body movement or maintaining position, including using the appropriate level of force
Occupational therapy treatments aim to:
- developfoundation skills needed to master developmental milestones
- gain increased independence for activities of daily living
- improve postural stability,motor control, muscle strength, balance, and coordination
- increase motor planning, problem solving, and social skills
- provide parent and caregiver education to develop skills and mindsets to better support each child’s development
- improve self-confidence and self-esteem
After All, It Is Not What You Do For Your Children, But What You Have Taught Them To Do For Themselves, That Make Them Successful Human Beings.
My Kids Therapy is an outpatient pediatric practice that offers a whole-person approach to therapy focused on promoting the growth and development of children within their families. Therapists use sensory integration, cognitive behavioral, motor learning, and neurodevelopmental frameworks to guide practice. Our therapists regularly attend professional training courses to enhance their skills and provide innovative treatment for our clients. If you would like to speak with our therapists about treatment possibilities for developmental delays, please contact us at 301-552-2370 or info@MyKidsTherapyMD.com
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