Developmental Therapy

Developmental Therapy

PlayWorks Therapy offers initial evaluations for children from birth through ten-years-old. A developmental therapy evaluation assesses a child’s global development. This global development includes regulatory/sensory processing, cognition, language comprehension, language expression, gross and fine motor, social-emotional, and self-help skill development.

Evaluations entail an interview with the child’s parent/caregiver, structured and unstructured playtime, and observation of the child in a natural play environment (e.g. home, clinic, preschool, or daycare).

If your child is under the age of three, explore what the Early Intervention Program has to offer. If your child is over the age of three or does not qualify for Early Intervention please contact us at (773) 332-9439 or fill out our contact us form to learn more about an initial evaluation.

Following an initial evaluation, our therapists will identify specific areas of strengths and concerns to develop a play activities program to address the child’s needs. The strategically designed program will help your child overcome their challenges and gain confidence in their own ability to acquire functional and age-appropriate, developmental skills.

We strongly encourage parents and caregivers to participate or watch during the therapy treatment process. A key component of developmental therapy involves parents or caregivers learning to engage their children in developmentally appropriate play. Our approach encourages skill development at home and embeds learning activities into a family’s daily routine. Our therapists work closely with parents or caregivers to make this key component flourish. We support them to learn, observe, and interpret their child’s behavior and provide support and feedback throughout the entire process.

Our therapists work together with a child and their family to address the following areas of concern:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD, PDD, Asperger’s)
  • Behavioral concerns
  • Cognitive delays/difficulties with play
  • Inattention
  • Neurological or genetic disorders
  • Physical aggression
  • Poor social skills
  • Prematurity
  • Preschool readiness
  • Sensory integration/sensory processing differences
  • Social skill building
  • Transition difficulties from one activity to another
  • Unusually low or high activity level

Our team of Developmental Therapists includes:

Amy Wechsler, MSW, LCSW, DT, Founder and Director
Kimberly Shlaes, MAT, DT, Director of Developmental Therapy Services
Brittany Hill, MS, MSW, LSW, DT
Kelly Scafidi, MSW, LCSW, DT
Rachel Weiser, MS, DT

Click on the therapist’s name above to learn more about their professional background, experience, and personal info.

If you are interested in learning more about our developmental therapy services or to set up your first appointment, please contact us at (773) 332-9439 or fill out our contact us form.