Developmental delay comes in various degrees of severity and is a common cause of parental worry. Far too often parents are told, "He will out grow it", "He is just a little immature" or "He'll catch up. Just give him a lot of love". Parents know in their hearts that it is not right and that the problem is real.
Developmental delay can have many causes but one of the most common is a slowly developing nervous system. The nervous system must go through a significant maturing process during our early years and we are all vulnerable to having this delicate process disturbed by many possible causes including disease, various types of brain injury, environmental issues such as pollution, diet and poor sleep. When the delay occurs early in life it usually impedes the rate of development. This means the gap between such a child and his or her chronological peers will widen with age. For this reason, parents need to act early to provide appropriate programs for their child that can help minimize this gap.
Older children with developmental delay usually have additional problems. They are often the product of a system that is quick to give up or just lowers standards. They are exposed to limits placed on them that then become their reality even though there was no bases for these limits other than the fact that no one knew what to do. They can become stagnant, unmotivated, or suffer from a poor quality of life functioning well below their potential.
The important thing to remember is that they can be helped. Their situation is not hopeless and parents can become empowered and enabled to offer effective productive help that can contribute significantly to the quality of life of the delayed child. This means not only the quality of the child's life but as a result, the quality of life for all the family members as well. It is our belief that through organized stimulation programs, you can,
- Speed up the maturing process of a developing nervous system,
- Influence the direction of that development so that it occurs in more correct ways and
- Retrain the incorrect areas of function so that the child can demonstrate their real potential.
Families often see changes within the first few weeks that go far beyond their expected rates of improvement. Children on our program generally become more alert, social, and physically more capable. They even improve in general health, sleep, learning and behavior so that others notice change within the first few months of treatment when the program is followed.