Support For All Kids!

 

All children can benefit from enriched and engaged activities. Kids experiencing any sort of delay physically, socially, emotionally, or intellectually can especially benefit from this.

Developmental Therapy (DT) is a 50-minute intense skill building session for children that make work seem more like fun! Schools and peer supports are fantastic for skill building. This can be enhanced with an individualized plan designed for your child’s specific needs. Developmental Therapy provides one-on-one attention focused on areas your child may struggle.

Children that can benefit from DT may include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Neurological Impairments
  • Chromosomal deletions
  • Developmental Delay
  • Down Syndrome
  • Genetic abnormalities

By definition, Developmental Therapy looks at a child’s development globally. DT works well in addition to Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and/or Speech Therapy.

 

5 AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT:

 

Cognitive Skills.

Therapists look for cognition and mental capacity, such as a child’s ability to think and understand things. This can be seen in relation to a child’s ability in meeting age-appropriate milestones. Some examples of this are: following 2 step directions, identification, recall of information, and processing to name a few.

 

Language & Communication.

Therapists work with the child to build vocabulary. We also look at the child’s ability to conceptualize information and utilize social stories. Social stories are a wonderful tool to help young minds understand important life lessons and can focus on a multitude of topics.

 

Social-Emotional Skills & Behavior.

The session will work on self-regulation, emotional processing, and self-expression. For those that would benefit, we incorporate Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) techniques, such as learning to read facial expressions of others.

 

Gross & Fine Motor Skills.

Skills practiced include coordination and “big movements,” like skipping. More specific skills like threading are practiced for fine motor skill development. We like to include and build on any current occupational, speech, and physical therapy treatment plans already in place.  We can also focus on specific motor skills that may need additional attention and intervention.

 

Self-Help Skills.

Self-Help Skills are also known as Activities of Daily Living (ADL). Examples include: brushing hair, and teeth, pouring, potty training, dressing, among other skills.

 

We offer Developmental Therapy at Low Country Counseling for children ages 2-12 and work with their abilities. The therapist will design, modify, and use therapeutic techniques for your child and family to promote functional independence, develop new skills, and strive for full participation at home and in their community. We do not work on potty training directly. However, we will incorporate skills needed that will assist with potty training, such as gripping clothing, fastening buttons, etc.

 

If you or a loved one is in need of support, Low Country Counseling offers specialized therapy for Individuals, Moms, Couples, Families, Children, and Teens. Contact us for any questions you need answered or to schedule an appointment. Help is available. You are not alone!

 

Hope Starts HERE.

 

Written by: Debra Cone, LCSW
Debra works in both private practice and within the local school system. She specializes in child therapy for mental health and social coping skills as well as children experiencing developmental delays. Her passion is helping children in need of support and being with parents through that process. Her practice serves children in Savannah, GA.