Developmental Disabilities in Children


I have been inundated with messages about difficulties in balance, coordination, attention, and sensory processing, so I want to post about it here.

I have noticed an increase in referrals for occupational and physical therapy. I think it's due in part to children spending more time indoors doing passive activities, rather than getting outside for enough hours during the day. I am also noticing that we are more afraid of letting our kids get messy and the idea of clean up is overwhelming. It is amazing how kids love to play with sticks, twigs, leaves, water, and rocks. Those are honestly our favorite open-ended toys.

Being outside, children learn to take risks, create imaginary worlds, overcome fears, and regulate their emotions. According to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics (2011), one in six children now have a developmental disability. If you find that your child is struggling, try not to worry or feel ashamed that they need help. You are not alone and remember we all need a little help sometimes! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

And remember to always consult with your doctor if you have any concerns.