Those First Three Years Are Key

Learning and development occur most rapidly from birth to age three. That is why it is important to give our community’s children the best start possible. The earlier children with a disability or a developmental delay are diagnosed and get help, the better their ultimate quality of life.

Because the brain is making so many connections in the first years of life, First Steps tries to maximize that time through Early Intervention therapies and services. Studies prove that Early Intervention is the most effective method for reaching children with delays.

Our Kids Only Team Offers:

  • Developmental Therapy

  • Physical Therapy

  • Speech Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy

The Goals of Each Therapy

Developmental Therapy (DT) Learning and development occur most rapidly from birth to age three. This includes designing the learning environments and activities to promote development across all domains: cognitive, physical, communication, social/emotional, and adaptive.

Physical Therapy (PT) focuses on gross motor skills and the ability to move and effectively use his/her arms, legs, trunk, and head.

Speech Therapy/Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) focuses on receptive communication (understanding what is said) and expressive communication (being able to speak so that others can understand). It may include the use of sign language, augmentative communication devices, or other assistive technology. SLP may also be involved with your child’s feeding program.

Occupational Therapy (OT) develops adaptive and self-help skills with a focus on developing skills related to sensory-motor integration, coordination of movement, fine motor skills, self-help skills (including feeding), and may include adaptive devices or equipment to help the child in these activities.

If you have concerns about your child’s development, click here to learn how to determine if your child is eligible for First Steps.