These 4 Therapies will Benefit your Child with Developmental Delays

 Providing a Helping Hand for Special Needs Children and Families.


Does your child have special medical needs and is diagnosed with a developmental delay? You may be wondering what therapy options are available to help them progress. Luckily, there are many options for your child. Continue reading this blog to discover some of the most common ones.

Occupational therapy, one of the most well-known therapies, utilizes a range of fun and engaging activities to help children develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and general coordination. The goal is to improve functioning in daily activities and promote independence. 

Benefits of occupational therapy at Tender Care include

  • Improved ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Increased self-esteem and sense of accomplishment
  • Improved social skills
  • Increased motor skills
  • Reduce or eliminate problem behaviors 

Tender Care’s pediatric occupational therapy team provides evaluation and treatment to children with a wide variety of diagnoses. They work with children who have short attention spans, learning disabilities, and/or sensory processing challenges. The function of a pediatric occupational therapist involves analyzing and treating skeletal, neuromuscular or cognitive restrictions. Our program provides evaluation and treatment services for children who have difficulty performing everyday activities. We also design a comprehensive program tailored to your child’s particular needs. Our goal is to restore as much function and independence as possible. 

Physical therapy is another approach that can be very beneficial for children with developmental delays. This therapy focuses on helping children improve their motor skills, such as running or walking. Physical therapists also work on strengthening the muscles and improving flexibility. The benefits of physical therapy extend beyond the physical realm. It can also help improve cognitive functioning, social skills, and emotional well-being. If you think your child may benefit from physical therapy, please reach out to us. 

Tender Care’s pediatric physical therapy team provides evaluation and treatment to children with a wide variety of diagnoses. Our therapists utilize treatment techniques that have been clinically proven in increasing fine motor skills, the development of core stability, and lower extremity function in children. 

Treatment techniques consist of

  • Developmental training
  • Home exercise programs designed for the individual patient
  • Incorporation of state of the art treatment and adaptive equipment

Our physical therapy program emphasizes rehabilitation of the patient with a focus on the development of the child as a whole and in increasing a child’s lifelong potential.

Speech therapy is a vital tool for helping children with developmental delays. It can help children overcome many of the challenges they face on a daily basis by improving their communication skills. For example, children who struggle to use words and sounds effectively can benefit greatly from speech therapy interventions. These approaches can improve their ability to speak clearly and articulate their thoughts. Speech therapists are well-equipped to address any issue related to feeding and swallowing in young children, as these professionals understand the intricacies of these important processes. 

At Tender Care, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality speech therapy services available to help them achieve their fullest potential. Whether your child is struggling with speaking or eating and drinking, our experienced team can help you find the right solution for them. We believe in using play-based and developmental age-based activities along with therapy strategies to encourage the children’s interest and development of new skills for their growth, safety, comfort, and independence. 

We are proud to say our pediatric speech-language pathologists offer the latest skilled treatment to improve your child’s quality of life.

Respiratory therapy is for children with 

  • Asthma 
  • Pneumonia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Congestion
  • Cough
  • Wheezing

Tender Care’s respiratory therapists provide patients with nebulizer treatments, chest physiotherapy (CPT), and assists in keeping the lungs free of mucus that can “clog” the breathing passages. Additionally, our therapists are capable of administering oxygen, working with respirators and BiPap machines, and treating patients with tracheostomies. Our goal is to help keep our patients breathing comfortably.

If you are concerned about your child’s development, it is important to explore the various therapy options available. Whether your child struggles with motor skills, communication, feeding issues, or breathing, there are many therapies that can help support their growth and development. The most common being occupational, physical, speech, and respiratory. These therapies can help improve your child’s skills and functioning in daily activities. If you are interested in learning more about these therapy options and your child has special medical needs, please contact us.

Why choose Tender Care

Why should my child go to Tender Care PPEC?

Tender Care PPEC provides care for medically complex and fragile children from birth to 21 years of age in a daycare-like environment staffed with nurses, CNAs, and therapists. We are the first independently owned PPEC in the State of Florida with our initial center opening in 1988. This means we have an abundance of experience and knowledge in providing loving care to this special pediatric population. We have 6 Tender Care PPEC centers throughout Florida, with our newest facility located in Lake Park.

Lake Park Location

Our goal is to enhance the development of each child through collaborative relationships between families, physicians, nurses, and therapists. This holistic approach to care is carried out in an environment that allows the child to engage in social interactions with their peers. This results in thriving children, well-positioned to achieve their greatest potential. We also offer transportation at no cost and provide nutritious meals throughout the day. 

What sets us apart is that we care for and treat every child like family. We have passion in our hearts for our children and a desire to see them succeed.

*This is not medical advice, always consult with your child’s doctor before making any changes to their lifestyle. 


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