Child Therapy Resources
Children with special needs often benefit from a variety of child therapy interventions. Depending on the special need, a child may have physical, occupational, behavioral, psychological, and/or speech therapy, in addition to tutoring and other types of intervention.
There are also many forms of child therapy that help with pediatric conditions, such as music therapy, equine therapy, sensory tools and toys, and more. For children with special needs, sometimes several differing therapies have a role to play in helping them reach their potential. While there is some overlap in what some of them offer, a coordinated program that uses the knowledge and training of each professional can help children with motor skill development and life skills.
California has an abundance of resources for child therapy for children with special needs. Due to the size of cities and the vast number of services available, it is often difficult for you as a parent to build a comprehensive treatment program on your own.
How ADA Helps
ADA’s goal is to help parents find appropriate child therapy treatment plans implemented by the best professionals in your local area. This includes resources for the following:
Behavior therapy is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on reducing behavior problems and promoting adaptation skills. Behavioral therapy uses psychological techniques to improve physical, mental, and communicative skills.
Physical therapy (PT) focuses on improving gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination, and strength and endurance. Your child may be evaluated by a physical therapist to assess muscle and joint function, mobility, strength and endurance, oral motor skills such as feeding and talking, posture and balance, even the status of the heart and lungs.
Occupational therapy, or OT for short, is a treatment therapy that helps children achieve independence in all facets of their lives. If your child has physical disabilities or developmental delays, occupational therapy can improve their cognitive (thinking), physical and motor skills as well as address psychological, social, and environmental factors that impact your child’s functioning.
Speech therapy is a clinical program aimed at improving speech and language skills and oral motor abilities. This means talking, using sign language, or using a communication aid. Children who are able to talk may work on making their speech clearer, or on building their language skills by learning new words, learning to speak in sentences, or improving their listening skills.
We feel that access to the right information is the key to planning a successful future for your child. To provide you with the tools to enable you to plan a happy and successful future for your family, we have compiled a list of qualified therapy professionals who specialize in these areas.
We welcome you to reach out for help. Please contact us today.