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What Is Normal? New Therapy Ideas for Developmentally Disabled Kids

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Developmentally Disabled, Autism, Behavioral Health, Special EducationWhen parents have a developmentally disabled child, they will do everything they can to improve that child's quality of life. Early in treatment, they can clutch fiercely to the idea of giving their child a "normal" life, still comparing them to children born without the same challenges.

Over time, with the help of therapists, parents often learn to focus on just helping their children find their own path in life.

A path that leads to happiness and dignity, even if it means letting go of some of the more standard expectations they had at first. 

Therapists may find themselves boxed in by their titles, insurance practices and even by the way research is done and reported. If each therapist focuses solely on their discipline and not the overall life of an individual patient, it is easy to miss wonderful opportunities to improve a patient's quality of life while you focus on small, measurable goals.

In the Buzz Feed article, "Blurred Lines: Finding New Ways to Serve Children with Developmental Disabilities" by Lucas Steuber. Steuber wonders if expanding a patient's world through activities like karate might be just as helpful if not more helpful than several very focused therapy appointments. He says,

"There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy, and there’s something bizarrely paradoxical about being rigid in service of a population that ostensibly needs to learn flexibility."

If you'd like to try a holistic approach to therapy that lets you creatively meet goals for a patient's life and not just specific developmental milestones, you may want to look for a medical practice with a similar vision for patient care.

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