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Developmental Therapy (DT) is a title used interchangeable with Community Based Rehabilitative Services (CBRS) and Special Instruction, depending on the arena in which it is used.  On the most basic level, it is developmental intervention uniquely designed to enhance cognitive, physical, behavioral, self-help, social-emotional, and language skills. Developmental Therapists view the child in a GLOBAL way.  This rehabilitative therapy for infants and toddlers is “play with a purpose.” Developmental Therapy is one service available to support children and families from birth to age three who have been determined eligible by the Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) for the North Carolina Infant Toddler Program. Visit the North Carolina Early Intervention website www.ncei.org for more information on the CDSA in your area and the NC Infant Toddler program.  DTs will work with you and your child to offer activities and helpful information tailored to the individual needs of each child and family.  Direct, play-based intervention and parent/caregiver education are provided through hands-on learning activities that are fun and focused. Children and families will develop together in a variety of natural settings including: at home, in a childcare facility, at church, at grandma’s house, at the playground, etc.   Basically any natural settings and within a partnership that respects individual family needs, beliefs, cultures, and values.

Use this checklist as one way to see whether your child is meeting developmental milestones during the first year. If you have questions or concerns about how your child sees, hears, moves, communicates, learns, plays or interacts with others, talk with your primary care physician or contact your local CDSA. Success in your child’s growth and development can benefit from EARLY action. The Earlier You Know, The Better They’ll Grow!

1 month

·         Lifts head when on tummy

·         Looks at faces

2 months

·         Makes sounds – coos and gurgles

·         Follows objects with eyes

3 months

·         Recognizes faces

·         Holds head steady and upright

4 months

·         Smiles, laughs

·         Rolls from back to side

5 months

·         Holds out arms to be held

·         Likes to play peek-a-boo

6 months

·         Copies sounds

·         Rolls over in both directions

7 months

·         Creeps

·         Uses hands to pat, touch, stroke

8 months

·         Crawls

·         Pulls self up to standing

9 months

·         Says “Ma-ma” or “Da-da”

·         Responds to own name

10 months

·         Waves bye-bye

·         Drinks from a cup when it’s held

11 months

·         “Walks” holding onto furniture

·         Picks up small objects

12 months

·         Uses simple gestures

·         Knows at least three words