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NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Therapy Service

Developmental Therapy is a developmental disability service that includes individually designed instruction, training or functional developmental intervention activities based on the assessment of, and unique strengths and needs of the individual child or adult.  It is designed to support the individual in the acquisition of skills that the recipient has not gained during the developmental stages of life, and is not likely to develop without additional training and supports.  For children the focus is on strengthening skills in the major developmental domains and may include training and activities in areas such as self-help, language and cognitive development, and psychosocial skills. For adults, Developmental Therapy may include training in activities to strengthen appropriate developmental functioning in areas of self-care, mobility, socialization, independent living, and self-advocacy and rights.









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