Developmental Therapies

The Cortica Care Model

Developmental Therapies address specific areas of need and strengths in a child's development during early years of life. Developmental therapies is an umbrella term for a set of therapies that focus on improving cognitive, social, motor, communication, and functional skills.
Developmental Therapies

What are Developmental Therapies?

At Cortica, Developmental Therapies address specific areas of need and strengths in a child’s development during the early years of life. Developmental Therapies is an umbrella term for a set of therapies that focus on improving cognitive, social, sensory, motor, communication, and functional skills.

Cortica offers the following Developmental Therapies at our centers and via telehealth:

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Speech-Language Therapy

  • Music Therapy

  • Physical Therapy

Cortica’s developmental therapists will assess how a child receives, processes, and responds to information in order to participate in the world. They collaborate with the family and treatment team to determine the most effective strategies and therapy combinations for meaningful progress toward goals.

Building Social-Emotional Development with Sensorimotor Treatment

A child’s pattern of behavior is a reflection of the unique way the child is processing sensory information from the environment. Incoming sensory information is organized and integrated by sensory processing networks in the brain, which are intimately connected to networks that plan and execute motor output (movement). Sensory and motor networks are highly interconnected, and therapy to target one domain is most effective when combined with techniques and strategies to target the other.

Neuroscience research shows that proper sensorimotor integration creates a foundation of stability and predictability in a child’s experience of the outside world. These networks are, therefore, fundamental to social-emotional development and self-regulation.

Sensorimotor Therapies & Activities

Many different types of sensorimotor therapies for autism can foster sensorimotor integration. Examples of these therapies for children that are focused on in the Cortica Care Model are:

  • Occupational Therapy: employs specific techniques for building a child’s foundation in sensory processing and integration, self-care, fine motor development, self-regulation, social-emotional development, and play.

  • Physical Therapy: employs techniques to improve gross motor skills (large scale movements of the legs, arms, and trunk) and building strength, coordination, and endurance.

  • Neurodevelopmental Music Therapy: applies the tools of music (such as rhythm and intonation) to foster language, sensory integration, and motor planning and execution.

Our occupational, physical, and music therapists collaborate to determine the most effective strategies for each child. This allows for more rapid progress toward essential sensorimotor goals.

Sensorimotor Integration: Cognitive and Language Development

For some children, sensorimotor therapies are the most important therapies to begin immediately in the program. Gains in higher-level areas, such as cognition and language, often emerge spontaneously once a child starts sensorimotor therapies.

Which Sensorimotor Therapies Will Benefit Your Child?

To determine what your child's developing nervous system needs most, we employ a methodical, step-by-step approach using gold-standard assessments and, from there, we create a customized treatment program.

Will My Insurance Cover Autism Therapy?

Does your insurance cover the therapy you are looking for? At Cortica, we work with a wide range of health insurance plans. We can provide you with a benefits check and cost estimate before beginning services with Cortica. Please reach out to us for information about your specific insurance coverage.

Free Brochure on the Cortica Care Model
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