Developmental Therapy/Social-Emotional Enhancement

In our continued support of the whole child, Cawn/Krantz offers developmental and social-emotional enhancement therapies.

Developmental Therapy

A primary focus of Developmental Therapy is to integrate conceptual, motor, language, and social-emotional skills. Developmental therapy at Cawn/Krantz is play-based and child-directed, delivered in a natural and functional setting by trained developmental therapists (DT). Each DT has a degree in early childhood education and specialized knowledge in conceptual, motor, language, and social-emotional development.

An integral component of a comprehensive therapeutic program is the DT's close relationship with a child's family, therapists, and school to create an appropriate treatment plan and to support parents in the developmental process; parents and caregivers are strongly encouraged to participate in the therapeutic process. In all sessions, the child is provided with many opportunities to experience and growth in many developmental areas, including:

  • Engagement
  • Communication
  • Symbolic play
  • Facilitated interactions with peers (e.g., problem solving, negotiating, persisting with ideas).

Social-Emotional Enhancement

Healthy social-emotional development is defined by the ability to form close, secure relationships and to experience, regulate, and express emotions. Social-emotional growth is affected by a variety of factors—such as an individual's unique biology and temperament—as well as by life experiences.

Why support a young child's social-emotional development? When children feel good about themselves, have positive relationships with others, and know how to regulate their emotions, they are more likely to:

  • Succeed in group situations, such as school or community settings
  • Concentrate and learn better
  • Communicate their feelings effectively
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Develop attachment
Social-emotional intervention focuses on supporting the child by:

  • Helping the child to develop strong, positive relationships
  • Responding promptly and appropriately to children's verbal and non-verbal messages
  • Using observations, reflection, and actions to inspire positive self-esteem
  • Encouraging a child's ability to control emotions and impulses (emotional self-regulation)

Social workers and psychologists regularly interact with family members, caregivers, peers, and other community members to help those close to the child guide his/her emotions and ability to cope with feelings. Cawn/Krantz's emphasis on getting to know a child's family members, beliefs, and culture further supports the development of feelings of trust , safety, and independence in that child.

Social-emotional enhancement enables children to deal with strong emotions and to develop self-control. Therapy helps children develop awareness of their own emotions and understand that other people have emotions too.

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