Speech & Occupational Therapists Help with Developmental Disabilities and Delays

By AASLMarch 2, 2020

How Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy can Help with Developmental Disabilities.

Developmental disabilities are disabilities that interfere with a child’s normal trajectory of development, either physically or mentally. Speech, language, and physical disabilities can affect a child’s progress in development, learning, and academic performance; they can also interfere with a child’s ability to function in everyday life and social situations. These areas are where speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists can help children with developmental disabilities. If you have concerns about your child’s development in speech and language, visit a speech- language pathologist. If you notice problems with your child’s coordination, everyday functioning, or physical development, visit an occupational therapist. Properly trained professionals will be able to recommend the correct type of therapy your little one may benefit from.

Developmental Delays and Disabilities Requiring Occupational Therapy

For children with developmental delays or disabilities, occupational therapy can help improve their motor, cognitive, sensory processing, communication, and play skills. The goal of improving in these areas is to enhance development, minimize the potential for developmental delay, and help families meet the special needs of their infants and toddlers.

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