Our Mission

The mission of the Developmental Therapy Center (DTC) is to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities in our community regardless of age, income, or geographic location

We accomplish our mission by providing access to occupational, physical, speech-language therapy, and special instruction services so that our patients can maximize their daily living skills and, ultimately, reach their fullest potential.

Our Services

Since 1951, Developmental Therapy Center has provided occupational, physical and speech-language therapy services in our outpatient clinic. Our therapists also offer educational-based therapy services in local schools and early intervention services through the West Virginia Birth to Three Program. Our therapists treat patients who have a variety of developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism, and spina bifida.

Our History

The Cerebral Palsy Council of Cabell County envisioned a therapy center that would meet the needs of children and adults with disabilities in the Tri-State area. With the determination and dedication of the Council, the Cerebral Palsy Clinic opened in 1951 at Highlawn Elementary School on First Avenue in Huntington, W.V. Our staff and patients struggled to work in an area with uneven floors and inadequate heating and cooling as years passed. In the mid-1980’s, the clinic at Highlawn Elementary School was demolished due to deterioration of the physical space. The demolition of the clinic left our patients and staff without a facility. Jerry Brewster, the Cabell County Superintendent of Schools, advocated for a therapy wing to be constructed at Highlawn Elementary in 1986 and the Cabell County Board of Education acquiesced, allocating resources for the wing. During this time, although medical evaluations had already been an established practice, a local neurologist, Dr. Carl F. McComas, offered to review cases, make diagnoses, and consult on therapy plans pro bono. Our staff and patients remain grateful to him for his generosity and care. In 1996, now operating under a new title, Developmental Therapy Center, we began to administer therapy services from the third floor of the Morris Building on Fourth Avenue in downtown Huntington. It was at this facility that Developmental Therapy Center flourished and cultivated a dedicated patient base.

A fire ravaged our facility in July 2014, which resulted in the loss of office space, supplies, and, most importantly, therapeutic equipment. Undeterred, we persevered, and, in September 2014, purchased the former Ronk Building at 803 7th Avenue, Huntington, WV. This new home will allow us to accomplish our committed goal of providing our patients with a more accessible facility. While Developmental Therapy Center serves patients of all ages, our primary focus is helping children; in fact, over 95 percent of our current caseload is children.

 

Developmental Therapy Center (DTC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization located in Huntington, WV.  Since 1951, Developmental Therapy Center has provided occupational, physical and speech therapy services in our outpatient clinic.  Additionally, our therapists provide educational-based therapy services in local schools and early intervention services through the West Virginia Birth to Three Program. The disabilities with which our patients present run the breadth from Cerebral Palsy to Autism, Spina Bifida to Muscular Dystrophy.

While Developmental Therapy Center sees patients of all ages, our primary focus is helping children.  In fact, over 95 percent of our current caseload is children under the age of 18. In 1996, Developmental  Therapy Center started providing therapy services from the third floor of the Morris building on Fourth Avenue in downtown Huntington.  The location was conveniently positioned in downtown, close to other major landmarks and businesses.  Even with a lack of signage and difficult parking, Developmental Therapy Center flourished and cultivated a dedicated patient base.

In late September 2014, DTC took a huge leap of faith and purchased the former Ronk Building at 803 7th Avenue, Huntington, WV, and renovations began on the building the first of October.  This new home will allow us to accomplish our committed goal of moving to a more accessible facility.

 

 

Developmental Therapy Center (DTC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization located in Huntington, WV.  Since 1951, Developmental Therapy Center has provided occupational, physical and speech therapy services in our outpatient clinic.  Additionally, our therapists provide educational-based therapy services in local schools and early intervention services through the West Virginia Birth to Three Program. The disabilities with which our patients present run the breadth from Cerebral Palsy to Autism, Spina Bifida to Muscular Dystrophy.

While Developmental Therapy Center sees patients of all ages, our primary focus is helping children.  In fact, over 95 percent of our current caseload is children under the age of 18. In 1996, Developmental  Therapy Center started providing therapy services from the third floor of the Morris building on Fourth Avenue in downtown Huntington.  The location was conveniently positioned in downtown, close to other major landmarks and businesses.  Even with a lack of signage and difficult parking, Developmental Therapy Center flourished and cultivated a dedicated patient base.

In late September 2014, DTC took a huge leap of faith and purchased the former Ronk Building at 803 7th Avenue, Huntington, WV, and renovations began on the building the first of October.  This new home will allow us to accomplish our committed goal of moving to a more accessible facility.