One of our “sweet spots” at NeuroSense Psychology is working with children who are also in the age range of 12 months to 5 years and in pre-school. Especially for parents who are raising their first child, many concerns and questions can arise. Parents who participate in Mommy and Me programs, have their children in daycare or preschool, or go to parks and indoor playgrounds will have a natural inclination to compare their own child’s development with that of others. Because the emergence of major developmental milestones such as walking, talking, and taking an interest in other children can develop at different rates; if parents observe a skill in another child and not their own, it can cause much worry and concern. Sometimes a delay in a skill is not associated with any problem or “condition.” Certain children simply develop at a pace that is normal for them. Distinguishing between the variations in typical rates of development and true developmental delay is where we come in and help determine whether some level of early intervention makes sense.
For parents who have concerns, we first meet together and talk in more detail about your child’s progression, strengths, and concerns with very specific examples gathered. Next steps often involve an observation of your child in their natural home, school, or community settings. We then like to bring your little one in to play with you involved. Through the play, we can offer many observations and offer suggestions for how to “play with a purpose” with your child at home.
At NeuroSense Psychology, we try to make magic happen with kids and are skilled in establishing and nurturing connections and pulling together early intervention “dream teams” if needed. We collaborate very closely with Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Developmental Pediatricians, Neurologists, Development Optometrists, Physical Therapists, Behavior Specialists, Developmental Interventionists, and Psychotherapists.
There is no doubt that play in and of itself is a tremendously rich and robust avenue for promoting development. It is through play that children can represent their inner worlds symbolically. It is also a means through which we can help develop language, problem-solving skills, ideas, sequencing, assess motor skills and motor planning, visual organization, coordination and balance, awareness of self in space, frustration tolerance, flexibility, emotional regulation, focus and attention, reciprocity and engagement with others, social skills, and imagination and creativity.
We also know very well the public systems of care for which access to services may be available such as the California State Regional Centers and public school districts. We work with several agencies who provide comprehensive early intervention services and can find the right fit for you.