What Are Some of the Common Developmental Disability Services Provided for Children?

Most children who have common developmental disabilities have many medical needs that must be addressed, but in order to assure a decent quality of life and a measure of independence, there are many other support services provided for these kids. Here are a few of them.

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Educational Services

The types and intensity of the educational services provided for children with developmental disabilities depend on the disability (and the severity of it). But most kids will have some sort of special accommodations for their education. Anything from having additional time to take tests to having a specially-trained educational aide working with the student in class is possible. Some of these services might include durable medical equipment (DME) to help the student function as a part of a regular classroom.

Job Training & Employment Services

Vocational training is becoming common for children with developmental disabilities to help prepare them to interact with the rest of the world. Many of these programs teach basic life skills such as self-care, hygiene, personal safety, meal preparation, basic literacy, money handling, and social skills. In addition, many of these programs work with local businesses to provide job and task-specific training to allow a child with developmental disabilities to gain self-confidence and a measure of independence to participate in the workforce as an adult. Some of these services include:

  • Work preparation skills
  • Job application skills
  • One-to-one or group support for on-the-job-training
  • Integrated business services

At-Home Support, Including Patient Lifts

Some children with disabilities, especially those with significant physical limitations and challenges such as spina bifida and cerebral palsy, require significant accommodations in order to function comfortably at home. Some of the accommodations include durable medical equipment (DME) such as handicap lift chairs, handicap ramps for the home, or ceiling lift systems, while others may require a full-time support worker to help with their activities of daily living.

Day Services

These services take place in an area away from the home and school where some kids with developmental disabilities can go to learn life skills, make crafts, play music, and participate in games, field trips, and other educational and enrichment activities.

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