What is a Developmental Therapist?
- To assess global development by performing formal and informal evaluations of the seven recognized areas of development (Cognitive, Receptive Language, Expressive Language, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Social-Emotional, and Self-Help skills) along with cultural, ethnic, social, economic, and nutritional influences in the child's environment;
- To determine the impact of the child's sensory processing, perception, memory, temperamental characteristics, attachment, variability of cognitive and personality processes on the child's physical, cognitive and psychological development;
- To use this information to plan and implement appropriate intervention strategies for the desired outcomes related to a child’s cognitive, psychological, and social-emotional development in order to maximize independent functioning, and for establishing global developmental homeostasis;
- To evaluate the success of those interventions and modify treatment as may be necessary to effect the desired outcomes;
- To 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.
- To engage in consultation, education, and research.