Developmental delays impact a number of children, and they affect children in a variety of different ways. However, for a growing number of children, the developmental delay comes in the form of gross motor skill concerns.
Solid gross motor skills are vital to a child's ability to move their legs, arms, and even their torso, which is critical to many of the movements they make throughout the day. Did you know that physical therapy can help? If your child has been diagnosed with a developmental delay, physical therapy may be able to help your child.
One of the most discouraging things about developmental delays is that they are hard to pinpoint. Often time, the delay is more of an umbrella term in that it comes in all sorts of different forms. As a result, even two children with motor skill development issues may have an entirely different experience.
Physical therapists are great because they can help pinpoint the specific challenges your child faces. Only after you have clear guidance on the problems your child faces can you move forward to manage or resolve the concern.
Another challenge for developmental delays is the fact that there isn't always a cure for the condition. Being that the condition is a developmental delay, some children grow out of the delay, some children slowly progress, and then some children face lifelong challenges.
A physical therapist can teach your child some adaption techniques. For example, if you have a toddler that is having a hard time crawling, the therapist can teach your child some tricks that can help them find an adaptive way to use the skills they do have in order to move.
A physical therapist can provide assistance for you and your family as well. Physical therapy is unique because the work does not stop when the child leaves the office. The therapist will provide you with homework of sorts that can provide you with activities you can do at home to further the child's progress in therapy.
In instances when the child may not be comfortable with the therapist, their family's engagement at home can help the child feel more comfortable with the process and provides the family with a new opportunity to engage with the child.
A physical therapist can help your child and your family work through the developmental delay. Speak with a therapist who can help your family today.Share