Milestone Therapeutic Services Developmental Therapy

Our Experienced Developmental Therapists Treat Children in  Washington D.C. and the Surrounding Area
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Commence Your Journey

Welcome to Milestone Therapeutic Services, where we understand the unique journey of childhood development. Our Developmental Therapy program supports children from infancy to adolescence, helping them reach their full potential, overcome obstacles, and celebrate milestones.

Whether your child is experiencing delays, sensory processing issues, or behavioral challenges, our dedicated pediatric therapists provide compassionate and effective care.With evidence-based practices and innovative techniques, we promote growth, independence, and confidence in every child. Explore our Developmental Therapy page to learn more about our services and how we can support your child’s developmental journey toward a bright future.

Developmental Therapy at Milestone Therapeutic Services

What is Developmental Therapy?

Developmental Therapy (DT) is a discipline that assesses and addresses global child development needs during the critical period of early development, birth through 5 years. This comprehensive approach integrates various therapeutic techniques and interventions to support children in reaching their developmental milestones and enhancing their overall well-being. It encompasses a range of services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, and behavioral therapy, among others. The goal is to provide individualized care that promotes each child’s optimal growth, development, and functional independence, ultimately helping them achieve their full potential. At Milestone Therapeutic Services, our therapists deliver care with a personalized touch, tailored to meet the unique needs of each child and their family, fostering progress and celebrating every milestone along the way, enabling children to positively engage in routines, at home and in the community.

Does My Child Need Developmental Therapy?

Possible Reasons for a Referral to Developmental Therapy

  • Prematurity
  • Sensory processing delays associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Decreased attention span, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Speech delays
  • Limited social skills
  • Behavioral concerns
  • Vision impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Cognitive delays, difficulty learning
  • Fine motor, gross motor, and perceptual motor delays

We Specialize in Developmental Therapy

Our Developmental Therapists (DT) specialize in helping children with developmental delays, disabilities, and challenges to improve their cognitive, social, motor, and functional skills. This includes eating, grooming, dressing, attending, communicating, playing, and learning.

Our Developmental Therapist’s (DT) process involves a series of methods that help design and implement a personalized intervention plan tailored to your child to promote growth and maximize potential. These include:

  • Screenings

    Based on the concerns presented, a DT may utilize a developmental screener and/or observation to determine if a child is on target with their developmental skills, such as eating, dressing, speaking, playing, learning, and participating in hobbies. The DT will present the findings of the screener and in collaboration with the family, discuss the next steps.

  • Assessments

    To determine whether there is a developmental delay, all areas of development will be assessed using a standardized tool to identify specific areas of strength and need in the areas of: Adaptive, Personal-Social, Communication, Motor, and Cognitive skills. A report outlining the findings is provided to families.

  • Caregiver Support

    The DT works closely with the family, planning play activities that are routines-based. This approach is designed to build caregiver capacity, assist their child in overcoming area(s) of difficulty, and improve the quality of their interaction. Parents are also equipped with resources on child development to enhance their understanding and ability to address the specific needs of their child.The DT values the input and involvement of parents during all phases of treatment. DTs also partner with caregivers, childcare centers, and healthcare providers to provide strategies to promote growth and development.
    We believe in providing high-quality care that is accessible to everyone. That’s why we offer a free phone consultation to help you determine if our services are right for your child. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards improving your child’s development.

  • Consultation

    The DT collaborates with parents during all phases of treatment. DTs also partner with caregivers, childcare centers, and healthcare providers to provide strategies to promote growth and development.

Treatment Options

Developmental Therapy - Milestones

Possible Treatment Options for DT Include:

  • Cognitive Training
  • Play for skill building
  • Support for practice routines
  • Assistive device training
  • Environmental modifications