Pediatric Developmental Therapy - Institute for Child Development



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

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, walk)
  • 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.

Treating your child includes examining, evaluating, and assessing the areas in which your child may have difficulty in functioning and then incorporating activities to address these areas. After examining your child, the pediatric developmental therapist will make an evaluation of his / her findings using any combination of standardized tests/ scales, observations, and/or clinical expertise.

Once an assessment has been completed, your pediatric developmental therapist will discuss his / her findings with you and educate you on your child's needs. To discuss the diagnosis / prognosis is an essential component of pediatric developmental therapy and helps to keep the caregiver involved and informed of the child's progress. You will also review the plan of care with your therapist, which will entail a discussion of the number of visits, frequency, and duration of pediatric therapy session, prognosis, and home activities you must do with your child to help him excel in his areas of difficulty.

Together, you will then create an individualized program specific to your child's goals and/or the family's goals. Activities in the form of play are provided to help your child be better motivated to reach his / her goals. Your role as a caregiver and your compliance with your child's home program are extremely important for a successful plan of care. (For more information, e-mail us)