Learn more about Developmental Therapists

A developmental therapist (DT) is a healthcare provider who specializes in helping people with developmental delays, disabilities and challenges improve their cognitive, social, motor and functional skills. This includes walking, speaking, learning, playing, dressing, eating, working, and participating in hobbies. A DT helps patients of all ages adjust their environment and organize tasks to support their abilities.

A DT typically: 

  • Evaluates a patient's ability to perform developmental tasks and activities, and creates a customized treatment plan based on medical history, age, needs, and activity goals
  • Performs home, school, and job site assessments
  • Educates patients and teaches them the skills they need to participate in activities at home, school and work
  • Recommends and provides training in the use of adaptive equipment, such as splints, bathing equipment, dressing devices, and ergonomic tools and utensils
  • Provides support and guidance to family members, teachers, and other caregivers
  • Collaborates with other healthcare providers, such as physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, doctors, psychologists, and social workers

A DT may also be known as a development therapist.

There are 3014 specialists practicing Developmental Therapy in Florida with an overall average rating of 4.4 stars. There are 2 hospitals in Florida with affiliated Developmental Therapy specialists, including Adventhealth Orlando and Wolfson Children's Hospital.