Occupational, Physical and Speech-Language Therapies
Research shows that children succeed best when they are actively engaged, and involved in enjoyable “hands-on” experiences. Therefore, our therapy services are designed to be play-based, interactive and fun for your child.
Our services include coaching on techniques and methods you can use at home, during everyday routines, to promote and support your child’s optimal development. We understand that as a parent or caregiver you are the most important person in your child’s life and in the best position to help them develop to the best of their ability.
Our One Child, One Family, One Team approach ensures that services are coordinated and families have access to the full Children’s Developmental Center.
At the Children’s Developmental Center parents will find the following therapy services for their child:
- Speech-Language Therapy – The speech-language pathologist’s role is to work with you to help your child to expand their communication and understanding skills. Children communicate in many different ways including using words, pointing or gesturing. Your speech-language pathologist (SLP) will help develop a plan that builds upon your child’s strengths, and expands their communication abilities. The SLP will also look for underlying issues that may be impacting your child’s ability to communicate effectively. Our SLPs have special expertise in the area of diagnosing and treating feeding/eating problems.
- Occupational Therapy – Therapy will include looking at your child’s small muscle development and coordination. Developing these muscles strengthens your child’s fine motor skills which are used in everyday activities such as bathing, dressing and eating. Therapists may also identify textures, sounds, movements, and other sensory experiences that are upsetting or uncomfortable for your child. Your occupational therapist (OT) will work in partnership with you to identify specific goals for your child and implement a therapy plan. Our OTs also have special expertise in the area of diagnosing and treating feeding/eating problems.
- Physical Therapy – The physical therapist (PT) will work with you to evaluate your child’s larger motor skills, such as rolling over, pulling up to stand, walking, climbing and other activities that use large muscle groups. Therapists will identify issues with your child’s balance, coordination or strength. Your PT will provide guidance on how you can help your child build skills and be able to fully participate in family routines and activities.
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AzEIP Service Provider
The Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) is Arizona’s statewide, interagency system of supports and services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. AzEIP is established by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which provides eligible children and their families access to services to enhance the capacity of families and caregivers to support the child’s development.
Southwest Human Development is contracted with AzEIP in Region 5 which includes all of Tempe, Northwest Mesa, South Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and some Central and South Phoenix ZIP codes to provide service coordination, developmental evaluations, ongoing therapy services (OT, PT, ST, Special Instruction, Psychology and Nutrition services) and transition support.
Referrals by families or professionals must be made directly through AzEIP. For more informaton about AzEIP services, please visit https://www.azdes.gov/azeip/.