Questions about Developmental Therapy? Read our FAQs.
A Developmentalist (DV) has a background in child development, psychology, education, special education, plus experience with children under 3 years of age, and often a master’s degree in Early Intervention. The DV works with families to help children achieve skills in a typical developmental order. They are able to assist children in the areas of physical skills, cognitive development, communication, social/emotional skills, and adaptive skills. The DV helps families learn to manage challenging behaviors and provides developmentally appropriate suggestions for rules and routines.
What Parents Are Saying
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Emily brought the best out in my son. She had a unique way of engaging him and he loved interacting with her. Everything about Emily was good! She respected our son and our family so that it was team effort to improve his speech. We feel so lucky that she was chosen to be our therapist and we miss her.Ann M.
Does my child have Autism?
We as Developmentalists, or any EI therapists are not qualified to diagnose Autism. We can tell you about the diagnosis and some of the skills that we look for children to have at certain ages. In order for a child to receive an ASD diagnosis, they must show deficits in communication skills, social interaction with others (peers and/or adults) and demonstrate some repetitive or rigid behaviors throughout their daily routines. If parents demonstrate concerns in two or three of these areas, we will refer for a further evaluation.