Developmental Therapy seeks to improve an infant’s overall health and well-being by working with parents and baby in the earliest stages of development.
All children learn and perform best when they are in a loving, relaxed and supportive environment. Successful early intervention advances your baby’s developmental skills by pairing them with age appropriate toys, materials and motivational activities. Communication, playful interaction, and encouragement are the cornerstones of qualitative learning.
Cindy Baker MA, CLE embraces a holistic approach and considers all areas of development to be mutually supportive and interdependent. Recognizing and respecting each child’s unique temperament and personality is crucial to establishing rapport and trust. (Learn more about Cindy here.)
Our Developmental Therapy Services
- Ongoing – a new 2-session class begins when enrollment reaches
- 6 attendees. A perfect opportunity to bond with your baby and learn about newborn behavior and development.
- 6 weeks – 4 months
- Learn more about your baby’s development in all skill areas to ensure that they are staying on track. Standardized assessment of your little one’s abilities using the IDA2- Infant/Toddler Development Assessment. 8 areas of early learning,
- gross & fine motor skills, language-communication, and
- social/emotional development. Completed with parents in a fun, relaxed and
- play-centered environment.
- 2 months-3 years
- Personal consultation for new nursing moms.
- Questions, concerns, difficulties, advice.
- Includes newborn oral-motor screening,
- observation of feeding, suck & swallow abilities.
- Recommendations for positioning, latching, & personal needs.
- Initial consult & 1 follow-up included.
Newborn Behavioral Observation
- Neuro-developmental & behavioral screening using the NBO System.
- Examines your newborn’s reflex behavior, muscle tone, state regulation,
- self-soothing abilities, early temperament, & sensory alertness.
- Parenting & care advice based on individual responses of your baby.
- 2-6 weeks
Developmental Therapy & Floor-Time
- 1:1 ongoing intervention for infants & toddlers
- For purposes of developmental catch-up, well-being, emotional IQ,
- confidence and achievement. Concerns may be related to prematurity, health concerns, developmental delay, early autism, sensory concerns & genetic conditions
- 0-2+ years
- 1:1 sessions with your older toddler to solidify important
- cognitive concepts, fine-motor, vocabulary, pretend play
- and social skills. Preparing for preschool will improve your child’s
- confidence as well as refine listening, attention span, task completion,
- problem solving, conversation skills, pre-writing skills, and turn-taking!
- 2.5-4 years
What are the Benefits?
Early intervention has been proven to:
- Improves your child’s quality and rate of development
- Reduces the possibility of long-term social, emotional and educational problems
- Prevents problems and bad habits from getting worse
- Reduces parental anxiety
- Puts parents in touch with the correct help and support as soon as possible
- Eases the transition to pre-school
Is My Baby High-Risk?
- Premature babies less than 35 weeks gestation
- Low-birth weight infants, small for age babies
- Infants with medical, genetic or chronic health problems
- Quiet babies who do not babble or respond
- Infants with preterm exposure to drugs or alcohol
- Babies with an established family history of learning difficulties, speech/language delays, autism spectrum disorders, emotional or behavior problems
When Should I Seek Help?
- I am a first time parent and have so many questions.
- As a parent, I have a feeling something may not be right.
- I don’t know what “normal development” is and I am worried that my baby is behind.
- My pediatrician recommended a development consultation.
- My older child has special needs and I am concerned about my younger child.
- My baby was in the NICU and is considered high-risk.