What is Developmental Therapy?
Pediatric developmental therapy is a specialty that deals with the wide variety of diagnoses that may affect your child's overall development from 0 to 13 years of age. Depending on the age, disability, and setting, the role of the pediatric developmental therapist differs greatly. However, the primary role that the pediatric developmental therapist assumes is to be an advocate for you and your child
Who can provide Developmental Therapy?
Developmental therapy is provided by a professional with specialization in developmental therapy from a recognized institute. Generally bachelor with physiotherapy and occupational therapy opt to do post graduation in developmental therapy to become certified developmental therapist.
Who can be benefited with Developmental Therapy?
Children with developmentaldelay, suspected or high risk infants for Neurodevelopmental disorders, Neurodevelopmental disorders are the prime beneficiaries of this specialized and advance therapy. Children with following condition can be benefited with developmental therapy
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Traumatic brain injury
How does Developmental Therapy help a child?
Pediatric developmental therapists help to ensure that your child's physical performance in every day activities is at its best. Pediatric developmental therapists rely on the implementation of their expert knowledge of the neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and allied systems to help your child in any one of the following ways:
Achieve age-appropriate developmental milestones (e.g.; head control, rolling, sitting, crawl, stand, and walking)
Better participation in age-appropriate school activities with peers with independent mobility
Improve range of motion, strength, mobility, posture, balance, endurance for independent function
Improve your child's ability to independently negotiate his or her environment (home, school, job, community)
Actively participate and contribute to the society in the long run.
How Developmental Therapy is different from Physiotherapy / Occupational therapy?
Developmental therapy is very much different from both PT and OT. Such as
Developmental therapy is confined with pediatric disorders only. The age group where developmental therapy works is birth to eighteen years only.
Developmental therapy is a combination therapy where the child gets a combination of physiotherapy and occupational therapy
Developmental therapy is based on child development theory.
Why developmental therapists are so rare?
Due to poor awareness, unavailability of training organization and the intake criteria, duration of the course, very few professionals opt for it
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