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Assessment and Evaluation

Child Development Institute provides developmental screenings, assessments and evaluations. Each has a different purposes and can be used to follow-up with your child’s pediatrician, Regional Center eligibility or for your child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Developmental Screening

Developmental Screening is a quick general measure of your child’s development. CDI uses two standardized screening tools – Parent Evaluation Developmental Screening (PEDS), ASQ and ASQ/SE. Screening helps identify whether your child needs further evaluation to determine if your child has a developmental delay or disability.

Developmental screenings do not diagnose. Screenings provide an overview of your child’s strengths and needs. They can also help parents, caregivers and teachers know how to best prepare children for Kindergarten.

Assessments

Assessments are specific to developmental domains – cognitive, motor, speech, physical, social/emotional, etc. Assessments measure your child’s level of functioning in a specific domain.

CDI offers assessments in the following domains:

    • Speech and Language (receptive and expressive communication)
    • Physical Development (fine and gross motor)
    • Sensory Processing
    • Feeding
    • Social-Emotional/Behavioral

Evaluations

Evaluations identify a child’s needs in all areas of development and can determine the existence of a delay or disability. A developmental evaluation focuses on the whole child, targeting the following domains:

    • Cognitive development
    • Speech (receptive and expressive language)
    • Physical development (fine and gross motor)
    • Social-Emotional development (including attachment and peer interactions)
    • Self help (adaptive) and behavior

Evaluations are completed through play observations and standardized tests that present your child with certain tasks to determine areas of strength and weakness.

*In-depth evaluations are also available within each of the developmental domains.

CDI is available to answer any of your questions or concerns about your child’s development. For more information, contact Tessa Graham, Director of Clinical Programs at  818-888-4559 or email tgraham@cdikids.org.

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Speech and Language Therapy

Your child’s speech, language and communication skills begin developing from birth. If these skills are not developing in a typical manner compared to same age peers, this could suggest the presence of a speech and language delay or speech disorder. If you have concerns, speech and language therapy may be beneficial to your child.

Speech and Language Therapy at Child Development Institute

Speech therapists are professionals who specialize in the development and treatment of communication disorders. CDI speech therapists evaluate and provide treatment for individuals with delays or disorders in areas of speech, language, feeding/swallowing, oral motor, fluency, auditory processing, social language, cognitive skills, as well as others. CDI offers clinicians who are PROMPT trained.  CDI’s Speech and Language Therapy Program incorporates cutting-edge treatment approaches and best-practice intervention strategies to create an individualized plan to meet your child and family’s specific needs.

CDI is available to answer any of your questions or concerns about your child’s development. For more information, contact Tessa Graham, Director of Clinical Programs at  818-888-4559 or email tgraham@cdikids.org.

 

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Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration

CDI Occupational Therapists work with your family in a warm and collaborative manner to build on your child’s strengths through play and exploration to improve sensory and motor development.

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Pediatric Occupational Therapy helps young children gain independence in moving their bodies and processing the sensations of the world in an organized manner.  Building and coordinating motor skills and sensory processing improves a child’s ability to participate in everyday activities.  Children struggling with sleeping, eating, bathing, self care, coordinating body movements, interacting with others and exploring and playing can benefit from Occupational Therapy.

Occupational Therapy At Child Development Institute

CDI’s Occupational Therapy program incorporates cutting-edge treatment approaches and best-practice intervention strategies to create an individualized plan to meet your child’s and family’s specific needs. CDI’s programs and services use a family centered, relationship-based approach by incorporating the parents, caregivers, siblings and other people in your child’s life into the treatment process.

CDI’s Occupational Therapists have training and/or certification in:

S.O.S. Approach to Feeding
Sensory Integration
Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
Handwriting without Tears
The Listening Program
Alert Program

Benefits From Occupational Therapy

– Self-regulation and ability to tolerate changes in the environment
– Attention and focus
– Eye contact and social engagement
– Balance, posture and coordination
– Self-help skills, self feeding, dressing and bathing
– Fine motor skills – handwriting, toy manipulation, dressing, utensil
– Gross motor skills – crawling, climbing, jumping
– Feeding, reduced picky eating
– Sensory processing – textures, temperatures or sounds

CDI is available to answer any of your questions or concerns about your child’s development. For more information, contact Tessa Graham, Director of Clinical Programs at  818-888-4559 or email tgraham@cdikids.org.

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Physical Therapy

What is Pediatric Physical Therapy?

Pediatric Physical Therapy is a profession focused on the physical development of gross motor skills. For young children, these skills include holding up the head, sitting, crawling, climbing, walking , running and jumping. The muscle groups for groups motor skills, when working in a coordinated way, allow the child to engage in age-appropriate physical challenges.

Physical Therapy at Child Development Institute

Treatment includes facilitating improved trunk control, balance, coordination, muscular endurance and strength, stretching activities, cognitive stimulation and sensory integration. A primary focus of intervention is strengthening the underlying skills needed top perform gross motor activities.  Additionally, the physical therapist will working with the child’s caregivers to adapt interactions and the environment in order to encourage skill development.

CDI’s Physical Therapists are trained and/or have certification in:

    • NDT
    • Sensory Integration

Common concerns addressed:

    • Torticollis
    • Developmental Delays
    • Coordination and Balance disorders
    • Tight heel cords
    • Musculoskeletal injuries or abnormalities
    • Cerebral Palsy

CDI is available to answer any of your questions or concerns about your child’s development. For more information, contact Tessa Graham, Director of Clinical Programs at  818-888-4559 or email tgraham@cdikids.org.

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Developmental Support Services

CDI’s developmental support services are for children birth to 8 years old. These support services help children with a developmental challenge or delay learn how to successfully participate in family activities, have routines and experience full inclusion and integration in their communities.

What Are Developmental Support Services?

CDI’s developmental support services use specific therapeutic interventions to give your child what he/she needs to strengthen skills in problem solving, communication, social development, emotional development, adaptive skills, and self-regulation.

Areas Your Child Could Benefit From Developmental Services

Ability to regulate self in developmentally appropriate ways
Attention and interest
Ability to follow directions
Functional communication
Problem solving skills
Ability to initiate and sustain back and forth interactions with adults and peers
Developmentally appropriate play and social interaction
Self help and safety awareness

Creating The Right Plan For You And Your Family

We believe that family is central to every child’s development. CDI uses a relationship-based model to offer family support services within the treatment plan so that parents, caregivers, siblings and teachers are equipped with the tools to support and connect with your child. Services are designed to build on your family’s strengths, natural supports, and existing community resources.

CDI clinicians and interventionists work with your family to create a treatment plan incorporates your concerns and priorities for your child, and are based on your family’s needs, preferences and lifestyle.

IPP & IEP Goals – CDI’s trained staff incorporates your child’s IPP and IEP goals into an integrated treatment plan to support the goals and needs of your child and family.

Services Incorporated within Natural Environments – Developmental services can be done at home, in school, and in the community at parks, play spaces or commonly visited locations. By providing services in natural environments, your child learns how to use learned skills in other settings. This also can help your family with practical ways to work with your child in everyday setting.

CDI is available to answer any of your questions or concerns about your child’s development. For more information, contact Tessa Graham, Director of Clinical Programs at  818-888-4559 or email tgraham@cdikids.org.

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Child and Family Counseling

Early, nurturing relationships are one of the most important factors in your child’s development of a sense of self and of others. Healthy social-emotional development builds self-confidence, compassion and an overall positive outlook on life. It also shapes your child’s ability to cope with stress and manage feelings.

Child and Family Counseling at Child Development Institute

Mental health therapy at CDI incorporates cutting-edge treatment and best-practice strategies to create an individualized plan to meet your child and family’s specific needs.

CDI Mental Health Therapists are licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, as well as experienced mental health interns working towards licensure, that work with families to provide services that will benefit your child’s development and growth and your family’s wellbeing.

Mental health therapy is available to children and parents/caregivers to help create and strengthen a healthy emotional environment at home. Mental health therapy can also help build resiliency and the ability to cope with stressors in a positive manner.

Areas Of Specialty

− Prenatal and Postnatal counseling
− Sleep issues
− Feeding issues
− Attachment and bonding
− Developmental delays
− Behavior problems
− Frequent temper tantrums
− Learning or attention problems
− Social withdrawal or isolation
− Regular worry and anxiety
− Bereavement issues
− Exposure to traumatic event
− Building self regulation, coping strategies and problem solving skills

CDI is available to answer any of your questions or concerns about your child and family. For more information, contact Tessa Graham, Director of Clinical Programs at  818-888-4559 or email tgraham@cdikids.org.

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Therapeutic Groups

What is a therapeutic group?

A therapeutic group is a small number of children (usually up to 6) grouped by age and the goals they are working towards. Each group focuses on a specific domain; social skills, motor skills, speech and communication, adaptive community skills, sensory or mental health. Groups are staffed in a way to support each child’s individual needs and encourage children’s active involvement in group activities.

Why would I choose to put my child in a group?

Groups offer a unique opportunity for children to learn and practice skills in a social setting with peers, while having the support of trained professionals. All groups at CDI follow a developmental model within the context of a structured routine. Children are benefited by participation in groups because they not only learn the skills through direct teaching and exercises but can practice skills in the moment with their peers.

How do groups work?

Most groups meet one time per week. Some groups meet for a set number of weeks, while others are ongoing. Typically, it is not a problem for a child to join at any time. Each week the group participates in activities that promote the desired skills. Groups for older children are drop off, while groups for younger children are often parent participation.

What is my role as a parent?

Parents are an important part of the success of any child in a group. Goals are created for the child collaboratively by the group leader and the parent. Progress is monitored by the group leader and discussed with each parent on a weekly basis. Ways to work on the goals outside of the group are also incorporated so they can be generalized to school, family gatherings, parties, community and more.

Social Skills Groups

Social Skills – under 3 years

Building Buddies – 3-5 year olds

Friendship Detectives – 6-8 year olds

Community Quest – 5-8 year olds

Sensory Motor & Handwriting Groups

Sensory Motor Mommy and Me – 18-24 months

Sensory Processing and Mental Health

Sensory Explorers – 6-8 year olds

Handwriting Group – 4-7 year olds

Child Development Institute is available to answer any of your questions about social skills groups and to listen to your concerns about your child’s development. For more information, contact Tessa Graham, Director of Clinical Programs at  818-888-4559 or email tgraham@cdikids.org.

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Feeding Therapy

What is Feeding Therapy?

Feeding therapy is facilitating the activities of feeding, eating, and swallowing safely; ensuring appropriate set up, equipment, and instruction for the client and relevant others to meet identified nutritional guidelines; ensuring adequate performance of the components of the oral, pharyngeal and esophageal phases of swallow; and holistically addressing the physical, psychosocial, and cultural factors associated with feeding, eating, and swallowing.

Feeding Therapy at Child Development Institute

Feeding services are provided by both Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists utilizing a relationship based approach to feeding therapy. CDI provides essential services in the comprehensive management of feeding, eating, and swallowing conditions for clients with a variety of diagnoses.

CDI’s Feeding Therapists are trained and/or have certification in:

    • S.O.S. Feeding Therapy approach
    • Dysphagia
    • Sensory integration

Common concerns addressed:

    • Picky eating (more than 30 foods, but frequent food “burn out”)
    • Problem feeders (less than 20 different foods)
    • Restricted diets due to medical or allergy concerns
    • Oral motor related feeding concerns
    • Difficulty touching or eating various textures, temperatures or smells
    • Limited self-feeding skills

CDI is available to answer any of your questions or concerns about your child’s development. For more information, contact Tessa Graham, Director of Clinical Programs at  818-888-4559 or email tgraham@cdikids.org.

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