How a Pediatric Therapist Can Help Your Child

Parents find themselves asking:

My child is not starting school, but how do I know they are doing what they should be doing?

My child is 9 months, should they be crawling?

My child’s 1, how many words should they be saying?

My child’s 15 months, when it is past “normal” for them to start walking?

Is it ok that my 2 ½ year old still uses both hands to color with?”

Who has these answers?

Often we turn to our pediatrician as the expert. They are experts in children’s health. Their specialty is to answer questions regarding illnesses, vaccinations, and emergencies.

Pediatric therapists are experts in child development. We are trained in identifying the developmental milestones children should be meeting. We are skilled at looking at:

  • How a child is speaking and understanding
  • How a child moves around their environment
  • Your child’s fine motor for coloring, writing and feeding self
  • Your child’s memory and learning concepts
  • Your child’s independence

We have solutions and resources for families. Pediatric Interactions offers free developmental screenings, which help families navigate the next step for their child. Parents may contact our office to schedule a short 15-minute appointment.

What happens in therapy?

Often families are worried their child won’t perform in a new setting or with a new person. They also may not know what things we will be looking at. To help get the most accurate information, we send out a questionnaire prior to the appointment for those who know the child best to complete.

sarah shaving cream.jpg

The therapist will meet with you and your child to review the information shared and elicit skills from your child in play. The child doesn’t even know they are “working”.

After this, the therapist will talk with you about where your child skills are and what are the next steps for their development. The screening is different from an evaluation. If we recommend an evaluation, we dig deeper into your child’s skills to make recommendations for therapy or goals.

You will leave having a better idea of what your child is doing, what you can do to help your child at home and referrals for any other evaluations/professional follow up. Many screening sites are available for children under three years old; however, we screen infants and children up to 8 years old.

Contact Pediatric Interactions for more information or to get the process started for your child.