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Advancing the Excellence, Education and Ethical Standards of the Developmental Therapist

What is a Developmental Therapist?

How a child grows and changes from birth to 3 years of age is the most dramatic process in human development. It is impacted by biological and environmental factors as well as the overlapping effects of these two. The role of the Developmental Therapist is to understand the complex nature of the many forces that influence child development as that development progresses through natural changes over the 0-3 year period.

The Developmental Therapist is able to recognize deviance from that progression in any area of development. They comprehend the developmental importance of the everyday experiences young children have with their caregivers and the influence those relationships have on their ability to broaden their skills in the areas of problem-solving, communication, physical development, self-help, self-control and relationship building. A Developmental Therapist assists a family in minimizing a child's functional limitations by designing, implementing, and modifying therapeutic interventions for their child within the context of everyday activities. The Developmental Therapist also offers consultation to other therapists and professionals on confounding developmental influences affecting each area of expertise and developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth to three years.

What Does a Developmental Therapist Do?

  • Assess global development by performing evaluations and assessments of the five recognized areas of development (Cognitive, Communication, Physical, Social and Emotional and Adaptive). While performing this task the Developmental Therapist is respectful and mindful of the cultural, ethnic, social, economic, and nutritional influences in the child's environment in order to obtain most accurate assessment possible.
  • Determine the impact of the child's sensory processing, perception, memory, temperamental characteristics and attachment have on their overall development
  • Use this information to plan and implement appropriate intervention strategies for the family's desired outcomes related to a child’s cognitive, psychological, and social-emotional development in order to maximize independent functioning and establishing global developmental homeostasis.
  • Evaluates the success of those interventions and modify treatment as may be necessary to effect the family's desired outcomes
  •  Inform, educate and train parents in order to prepare them to utilize the intervention strategies in their activities of daily living and to prepare parents for their child’s anticipated course of development.
  • Engage in consultation, education and research.
The Developmental Therapist is obligated to keep pace with rapid advances in research impacting child well-being and development and incorporate the findings into functional applications to help children with disabilities and delays to improve their quality of life at home and in the community.


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