Nurturing Growth through Developmental Therapy for Children.
What is Developmental Therapy for Children?
At Lizard Centre, we provide developmental therapy for children to support their overall growth and development. Developmental approaches focus on teaching developmental milestones in the sequence that they naturally occur, such as:
- Language skills,
- Physical skills,
- Play skills,
- And building relationships.
These skills are taught using behavioural techniques as part of a comprehensive and effective therapy program.
Benefits and Outcomes:
Developmental therapy for children offers numerous benefits, particularly for those living with autism.
These interventions focus on supporting children’s learning through meaningful interactions with caregivers and other individuals in their lives.
By targeting specific skills, we aim to foster growth and promote essential developmental milestones.
One of the primary goals of developmental therapy for children is to enhance children’s social communication skills. This includes skills such as initiating interactions, sharing interests, using gestures, and engaging in joint attention.
By utilising these approaches, we tap into children’s motivation to communicate and learn. Techniques such as modelling words and actions, imitating the child’s actions to give them meaning, and using personal and environmental strategies to motivate communication are employed.
The outcomes of developmental therapy for children are remarkable.
Children who participate in these interventions often show significant progress in their social interactions, communication abilities, and overall development.
We create a nurturing environment that promotes skill acquisition and fosters positive relationships with caregivers and peers by increasing the frequency, duration, synchrony, and reciprocity of our interactions.
Our Approach and Techniques
At Lizard Centre,our developmental therapy for children programs employs social-pragmatic interventions, which are designed to promote social communication and other social interactions.
The therapists and parents involved in the therapy process play a vital role in creating a supportive and engaging environment for the child.
The approach used in developmental therapy revolves around making highly motivating activities available to the child. Therapists and parents are encouraged to be responsive to the child’s actions by imitating or commenting on their behaviours, therefore fostering a sense of connection and engagement. Ongoing interaction is encouraged through turn-taking, requests, gestures, and alternation of gaze between the activity and the adult.
Our therapists work closely with parents, teaching them these techniques and strategies to incorporate them into everyday routines. By integrating developmental therapy into daily activities, we create opportunities for consistent and meaningful interactions that support the child’s learning and development.
At Lizard Centre, we are committed to utilising an evidence-based approach in all our therapy programs.
An evidence-based approach means that we rely on scientific research, proven methodologies, and socially validated techniques to guide our interventions and decision-making processes. We prioritise strategies and interventions that have been rigorously tested and shown to be effective in improving outcomes for children with autism and other developmental challenges.
By employing evidence-based practices, we ensure that our therapy programs are grounded in solid scientific evidence, providing the highest standard of care, and maximising the potential for positive results.
Our team of dedicated professionals stays abreast of the latest research and best practices in the field, continually refining and adapting our approaches to reflect the most current evidence.
Experience the Lizard Difference
1.More Therapy for Your Money: We understand the importance of maximising the therapy hours your child receives. That’s why a significant portion of our programs are delivered by trained Therapy Assistants, enabling us to provide more therapy hours compared to a full-time ABA therapist in the NDIS program. We believe that increased therapy hours lead to better outcomes and faster progress for your child.
2.Greater Intensity Delivers Better Results: Research consistently shows that face-to-face therapy with skilled professionals is key to improving outcomes for children with autism and developmental challenges. At Lizard Centre, we prioritise providing intensive therapy sessions that allow for focused interaction, skill generalisation, and accelerated learning of new skills. Our commitment to delivering high-intensity therapy ensures that your child receives the support they need to reach their full potential.
3.Outcomes-Based Approach: At Lizard Centre, our therapy programs are founded on evidence-based practices. We meticulously design our programs to align with proven techniques and strategies that have demonstrated effectiveness in helping children with autism. Moreover, we place a strong emphasis on setting clear goals and regularly measuring child and family outcomes. By continually monitoring progress and adapting our interventions accordingly, we ensure that our therapy remains effective, targeted, and tailored to the unique needs of your child.
4.Family-First Approach: We recognise that parents and caregivers are essential partners in their child’s therapy journey. That’s why we prioritise strong parental input and collaboration to build a tailored program for each child. Parent training is seamlessly integrated into all our programs, empowering families with the knowledge and skills to support their child’s development both within therapy sessions and in everyday life. We believe that a family-first approach fosters a supportive and enriching environment that enhances your child’s progress and overall well-being.
Currently, we offer our services in metro regions across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Brisbane, ensuring accessibility and convenience for families seeking high-quality therapy for their children.
Choose Lizard Centre as your trusted developmental therapy for children provider and experience the benefits of our comprehensive programs, evidence-based practices, intensive interventions, and unwavering commitment to your child’s success.
Join us at Lizard Centre
Embark on a transformative journey towards nurturing your child’s development. Our specialised developmental therapy for children programs, combined with the expertise of our dedicated therapists, offer a unique and effective approach to promoting social communication and overall growth.
Contact us today to learn more about our developmental therapy for children programs and how we can support your child on their remarkable journey of development and progress.
Contact us for more information
Find out how behaviours of concern can be addressed to give your child a better chance to learn. Get our Parent Info Pack and a free phone consultation to find out the range of options available for your child’s unique situation.
Call us on 1300 752 617
Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm (AEST)