Developmental Therapy Services

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Therapy providers who specialize in early childhood and treatment for developmental delays can evaluate and offer ongoing therapy for children with specific developmental needs. All services are offered in a supportive and play-based environment and include parent/caregiver participation. Services are provided for children experiencing delays in their development, as well as for children with specific diagnoses/concerns such as Failure to Thrive, Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other delays and disorders.

Call us today to learn how to start accessing services:
(619) 515-2515 (Central and South locations)
(619) 515-2463 (East locations)

This number is not intended for emergency care. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately or go to the emergency room. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call the toll-free Access and Crisis Line: 1(888) 724-7240 [TDD for the hearing impaired: (619) 641-6992], which is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, call 911 or go to the emergency room.

Specific types of therapy include:
Physical Therapy
Assessing a child’s ability to crawl, pull to stand and walk is a key part of development. Are you concerned with your child’s frequent trips and falls or does your child seem to be struggling with activities that require coordination, such as catching a ball or riding a bike? We can help! Click here to download and print our Physical Therapy Brochure.

Speech and Language Therapy
The ability for you, and others, to understand your child is vital for his or her path through life. Do you find it challenging to understand your child’s speech or language? Perhaps your child seems frustrated because he or she has difficulty expressing needs and wants. Learn more about the importance of speech and language in child development by downloading our Speech and Language Therapy Brochure.

Occupational Therapy
Children are expected to perform certain age-appropriate self-care activities, such as using feeding utensils, dressing independently and performing basic hygiene tasks (e.g. washing their hands). Is your child struggling with these activities? Other areas that may pose a concern are how your child reacts to foods, if he or she seems resistant to touch or other sensory stimuli, or if he or she seeks out sensory stimuli. Our Occupational Therapy Brochure has additional information about these topics.

Parenting Classes
The Pediatric Developmental Services Department offers a variety of interactive parenting classes for children of various age ranges and levels of development. Some of the classes offered include:

Infant Massage
These classes are recommended for all babies. Babies learn through their senses, and during class, the parent learns to provide nurturing through touch, which is also one of the first means of communication. Additionally, infant massage helps in the process of parent-infant attachment, which supports brain development.

During each session parents will be able to learn and practice massage strokes, will play and interact with the infant, and will learn about the social and emotional needs of the baby. Additional information about development, attachment and behavior may be covered based on the needs of the group. Interaction between parents and open discussions about the needs of the infant and self-care for the parent will be highly encouraged.

Parent Support Services
Our program partners with other organizations and can assist with referring families to services that will offer parents support, specifically parents struggling with anxiety and depression.

Parenting Classes (Newborn to 9 months)
These interactive classes are for parents and their babies! Join us for activities, education and more. For additional information, please contact us at the number listed below.

(619) 515-2515 (Central and South locations)
(619) 515-2463 (East location)

Ready, Set, Grow!
Parent/child interaction classes cover various topics related to nutrition, potty training, development and other basic needs and concerns. These are for families with children 0 to 5 years old.

For additional information on other available patient care support services, please click here.

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