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“Developmental assessment is a process designed to deepen understanding of a child’s competencies and resources and of caregiving and learning environments most likely to help a child make fullest uses of their development” (Greenspan & Meisels, 1994).

Early detection and intervention is extremely important for the future learning and social success of your child. Early intervention focuses on enhancing development and minimizing potential developmental delays of infants and toddlers. Research has shown that children’s earliest experiences play a critical role in brain development. Neural circuits that create the foundation for learning, integration of the sensory systems, behavior, and health are the most flexible in the first three years of life. This time is crucial to address any concerns you may have about your child’s development to ensure future success especially in the school environment. The links below may help you to identify what your child may be experiencing. Remember you know your child best and if you have concerns please do not hesitate to discuss them with your pediatrician or myself. Early intervention is a priority and not utilized enough in my opinion. I feel parents and children benefit from additional instruction and guidance. Why wait, when you as a parent can play an active role to facilitate developmental growth in your child!

Almost all neurons are present at birth, however most are not connected in the nervous system. Research shows that 75% of brain development occurs after birth, particularly in the first year of life. Brain development is activity dependent, meaning that electrical activity in every circuit (sensory, motor, emotional, cognitive) shapes the way the circuits are put together.

Play activities are essential to healthy development and learning. Through play children develop the necessary motor skills, sensory processing abilities, language, socialization, emotional wellbeing, creativity, and problem solving required for life occupations. Children learn through their senses and by treating the lower levels of brain processing first such as sensory functions, developmental milestones, and social-emotional processing, it helps lay the foundation to promote success in higher-level cortical tasks such as reading, writing, mathematics, problem solving, and sensory processing. Play that links sensorimotor, cognitive, and social-emotional experiences provides an ideal setting for brain development. Therapeutic activities are chosen specifically for an individual child to help meet their goals of living to their fullest.

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Greenspan, S. I. & Meisela, S. (1994). Toward a new vision for the developmental assessment of infants and young children. Zero to Three: National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, 14, 1-8.

Early Intervention- Resources

Early intervention is extremely critical. Learn about what you can do as a parent to advocate for your child.