Therapy Options

Thankfully we have many options to help us with our children’s developmental delays and behaviors .

These include in-home services, outpatient (you take your child to a clinic), inpatient (following injury or surgery) and school based services.

Which type of therapy should you choose? This is a decision that needs to be made based on the needs of your child, funding sources available, the age of your child, and the severity of their condition.

Please visit the pages listed below to learn more.

  • Therapeutic Equipment
    Therapeutic equipment is equipment that is used to help your child achieve a new level of development
  • Therapy Tools
    Therapy tools are tools that are often used during therapy to help your child reach their goals
  • Early Intervention
    What is Early Intervention?  Much has been written about the importance of a child’s first five years of life.  Learn more and find Early Intervention Contacts for your state.
  • School Based Therapy
    School based therapy is funded through the education system. It ensures your child is able to receive the same level of education as others.
  • Outpatient Therapy
    Out-patient therapy is initiated by your physician. Your child’s doctor starts the process by writing a prescription for an evaluation and treatment, and he or she will remain an integral part of the outpatient team.


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This information has been reprinted from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
The Council for Exceptional Children
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Arlington, VA 22201-5704
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