A: A child’s earliest years are filled with new stimulation and novel experiences that drive his or her cognitive, social communication and physical growth. The first three years of life are a critical time for brain development, especially if a child is delayed or restricted in development. Proper occupational and speech therapies can help provide the necessary support for optimal development of a child.
Occupational and speech therapy can benefit children with known physical or mental conditions associated with a high probability of delays or developmental delays. Therapy can help children improve their motor, cognitive, sensory processing, communication and play skills. The goal is to enhance development, minimize the potential for developmental delays and help families meet the special needs of their infants and toddlers.
Once referred by a physician, an evaluation is given and a plan of care is developed in conjunction with the families and caregivers. Occupational and speech therapy services are tailored to each child’s’ family, including siblings and other family members. Services are adapted to meet the schedule and needs of the child and family.
These valuable services were implemented in January of 2013. For more information, contact Jeanette Messer at 641-357-5244.
Information provided by Michelle Anderson, marketing coordinator, Oakwood Care Center, 400 Highway 18 West, Clear Lake, 641-357-5244.