Birth To Five Years: Therapy

Your young child will benefit from a variety of therapies. The specific therapies and frequency will vary on the individual needs of your child, but listed below are the common therapies:

Behavior Therapy – Behavior management is very important in helping the child maximize their potential and improving the quality of life for the whole family.

Developmental Therapy – This is sometimes called Infant Stimulation and is performed by a general therapist (often called an Infant Teacher or Child Development Specialist) who assists your child in obtaining their developmental milestones, overlapping with many of the other therapies listed below.

Occupational Therapy – Occupational therapy does not mean that your young child will be put to work, rather occupational therapy refers to helping an individual with their normal activities. For children their “normal” activity is play, or learning the appropriate developmental skills. Occupational therapists generally work on fine motor skills (pinch grasp, holding objects, pre-writing and later writing skills, etc.), proprioception (having a sense of where one’s own body is in space) and sensory integration.

Physical Therapy – Generally speaking physical therapists  concentrate on gross motor skills (sitting up, crawling, walking, etc.).

Social Skills Therapy – A Social Skills Therapists will help your child develop the appropriate skills to interact appropriately with others.

Speech & Language Therapy – Even before a child can speak, a speech therapist often helps with feeding issues. Additionally, as it is known that children with Prader-Willi syndrome have speech delays speech therapy should be started early.

Therapeutic Horseback Riding/Hippotherapy – Horseback riding is a great way to strengthen core muscles and help children gain confidence. These are similar, but not identical therapies. Hippotherapy is therapy performed on a horse by a therapist (physical therapist, occupational therapist or even a speech therapist); therapeutic horseback riding is recreational riding adapted for children with special needs.

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