Developmental Milestones in Children

In therapy at Care Counseling, your child may participate in play therapy to help them progress towards social-emotional developmental milestones or participate in cognitive behavioral therapy to help them overcome worries or fears contributing to social-emotional developmental delays.

We can help.

Each child is unique and will develop at their own individual pace; it is normal for children to meet the developmental milestones outlined by the CDC at a slightly different rate than other children their age. Children may even be slightly advanced in some areas while trailing behind in other skills. Your child is always growing and changing; continued advancement toward milestones is more important than a child reaching a specific skill at a precise date on your calendar. Sometimes a child’s pace of development would be considered outside the expected range in variations and the child may benefit from involving a therapist and seeking advice from an expert, like your doctor. Concerns related to developmental milestones should be discussed with your child’s doctor. For developmental delays related to social and emotional milestones, they may recommend therapeutic intervention; that is where CARE Counseling can help. Seeking counseling can help your child develop skills in socializing with peers and adults, express their creativity and imagination, and improve their language and cognitive skills.


Common Symptoms related to social-emotional developmental delays in children:

  • Difficulty communicating or socializing with others
  • Trouble understanding social cues
  • Difficulty dealing with frustration or coping with changes
  • Prolonged tantrums
  • Difficulty establishing friendships
  • Struggling to follow rules both at home and at school

Treatment at Care:

  • Individual play therapy for your child to help them reach social-emotional developmental milestones
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy for your child in which they learn skills for decreasing anxiety and other concerns in order to improve social and behavioral skills
  • Parent-child interaction therapy may be helpful for children that need further support and attention

CARE’s Clinicians are In-Network with a variety of providers including:

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Additionally, Out of Network & Out of Pocket options are available.