If your child has a developmental disability, receiving the right services can make a difference in their development. Therapy enhances cognitive, physical, and social abilities, but progress doesn’t have to stop once the session ends. Now, many children receive services through our Telehealth program. There are some important things that parents can do for their children to enhance the virtual therapy experience.
Child’s development at home. How can you support it?
Practice therapy exercises at home.
Homework helps students retain information learned in class. Like school, your child’s therapist may give you activities to support your child’s development. This follow-up to their therapy session is vital. Completing the exercises allows your child to practice what they learned and apply them outside of therapy. Depending on your child’s treatment plan, activities may range from creative play to a list of words to practice.
Reward good behavior.
Positive reinforcement is a great way to reinforce learning. Make an effort to catch your child doing something well. Praise them when they act appropriately or learn a new skill, and be specific about what they’re being praised for. You can also offer them a small reward, like a sticker or a snack.
Pay attention to your child’s sensitivities.
Some children are sensitive to particular sensory stimuli (like tastes, smells, sounds, or textures), or lash out in response to certain social situations or events. Figure out what triggers your child’s disruptive behaviors and what elicits a positive response. If you understand what affects them, you will be better prepared to troubleshoot problems and create successful experiences.
Nurture their hobbies.
If your child absolutely loves baking, try to make it a habit to bake with them every week. Similarly, if they love drawing, get them some quality stationery to use. And if they like playing video games like Roblox, consider getting them scripts for Roblox and other games they enjoy to allow them to develop their computer skills. If you can keep them interested in their hobbies, they’ll likely become naturally skilled, which will serve them well in later life.
Allowing your child to explore their own interests will build their skillset and self-esteem. Activities such as scouting, sports, theater, and music groups encourage a critical sense of belonging and may expand their range of abilities. Just keep their age, attention span, and interests in mind.
Make time for fun.
For both children with developmental disabilities and their parents, there needs to be more to life than therapy. Make time to do the things your child enjoys most so they can let go and be their most authentic selves.
Encouraging your child’s development at home through follow-up on things they’ve learned during their therapy sessions is an important component of helping your child reach their true potential.
At LifeROOTS, our team of experienced therapists is here to support your child’s development, whether through our virtual Telehealth sessions, phone calls, or when we return to in-person therapy sessions.
We’re here to help and can provide you with the support you need at this time. Please reach out to your child’s therapist, your service coordinator, or give us a call at (505) 255-5501 to learn more about our children’s services, including early intervention.