Therapies (Ages 0-3)

Therapies (Ages 0-3)



Early intervention can make a huge impact on the lives of children with developmental delays and disabilities. Learn more about why early intervention services are important for our kids, how to get therapies and medical supplies funded, and where to find a provider. Check out our Regional Center decoder to learn more about eligibility for early intervention services from your local Regional Center.

Why (or not) should I seek a diagnosis for my child?

Pursuing a diagnosis may help your child qualify for services and opportunities they may not otherwise have, but the process can take time and attention that might be better spent getting the services into place that your child needs now. You can learn more about the pros and cons of seeking a diagnosis in this article.



Why (or not) should I seek a diagnosis for my child?

Where can my child get early intervention therapies?

Who should assess and treat my child?

Related Parent Questions

What does a pediatric psychologist do?
Like developmental pediatricians, a pediatric psychologist can assist children with concerns such as missed developmental milestones or issues with feeding and sleeping. They can also help establish effective communication among a child’s providers.
What is cognitive behavioral therapy?
CBT is a psychological treatment that helps improve emotional regulation to protect against irrational fears or behaviors due to anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and other diagnoses.
What is vision therapy?
Visual therapy involves eye exercises used by pediatric ophthalmologists and orthoptists that can be taught at the doctor’s office and repeated later at home. Vision therapy may also be used to treat visual processing disorders in children with learning disabilities, dyslexia, and ADHD.
What is Social-Adaptive Development and Infant Stimulation Therapy?
Infant stimulation provides supplemental sensory stimulation in some or all of the sensory areas: visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular, olfactory, and gustatory. It’s focused on addressing both cognitive and motor developmental areas for children with suspected developmental delays.
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy uses prescribed exercises and hands-on care to treat a range of injuries, disabilities, and other conditions that affect a child’s ability to learn and use the large muscles (arms, legs, and torso) in their body — otherwise known as gross motor skills.
What is Nutritional Support Therapy?
Nutritional support therapy is used to treat or prevent malnutrition in children who cannot eat enough food. Enteral nutrition uses a feeding tube, while parenteral nutrition uses a tube inserted directly into the veins in cases where the digestive tract can’t be used.


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