How does a First Step diagnosis differ from other diagnostic methods?
We’re often asked about the differences between the First Step diagnostic method and other diagnoses – particularly physical therapy. Do bear in mind that parents need to choose the method that’s most appropriate for them. Also, the differences noted here do not rule out other diagnostic methods, and are intended to highlight First Step’s specific, unique perception.
The importance of the sensory system
Most diagnostic methods examine the baby’s motor system, and his or her skeletal and muscle systems. A First Step diagnosis identifies a substantive connection between development and the sensory system.
The importance of the human environment, the family, and interaction with the parent
A First Step diagnosis provides an observation of the relationship with the environment, particularly with the parents – it is another key to understanding the baby’s developmental situation and how it can be changed.
The importance of the physical environment in which the baby grows
Part of the First Step diagnosis is understanding how aspects in the baby’s environment have significant impact on his development. The baby can be born with the full potential for proper development – but incorrect behaviour by his parents or exposure to an environment that doesn’t suit him (for example: sitting too long in a baby-seat) can create gradual harm, which ultimately creates a major problem.
Identifying these environmental data, is also the key to improving and removing the problem.