Strengthening Families Through Developmental Support Services

We understand the fears associated with missed developmental milestones or a diagnosis of developmental delay for your child. At CDI, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to learn, grow and reach their full potential. We are here to support you and your family.

Developmental support services help children with a developmental challenge or delay learn how to successfully participate in family activities, build consistent daily routines and experience full inclusion and integration in their communities.

What makes Developmental Support Services at CDI different?

“Whole Child” Approach: As a multidisciplinary organization with professional, caring therapists trained in numerous areas of early child development, collaborate within our multidisciplinary team, and we work together to help children reach their full potential. Our holistic approach to working with children and families greatly benefits all participants.

Family Focused: 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 understand, support and connect with your child. We strengthen and empower families with creative, stimulating, and developmentally appropriate activities they can replicate in home and the community.

Research-driven, Innovative: Our relationship-based model is based on years of early child development research and brain science. CDI therapists use evidenced based practices such as DIR/Floortime and Strengthening Families.

Individualized Plan: CDI therapists work with your family to create a treatment plan that incorporates your concerns and priorities for your child and are based on your family’s needs, preferences and lifestyle.

Not Just Behavior Modification: CDI uses a relationship-based intervention model with a focus on understanding a child’s social-emotional and developmental needs that drive and shape behaviors. This empowers the child and family to be actively involved developing positive behaviors.

What Are Developmental Support Services?

CDI’s developmental support services use specific therapeutic interventions to give your child what he or 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
  • Self-help and safety awareness
  • Developmentally appropriate play and social interaction
  • Building strong and meaningful relationships
  • Ability to initiate and sustain back-and-forth interactions with adults and peers

Individualized Treatment Plan Goals

CDI’s trained staff incorporates your child’s IFSP, IPP and IEP goals (from Regional Centers and School Districts) into an integrated treatment plan to support the goals and needs of your child and family.

Services Incorporated within Natural Environments

Developmental services are provided in a child’s natural environment; at home, in school, in the community at parks, play spaces or commonly visited locations. By providing services in natural environments, your child learns how to use new skills in many different settings. This also can help your family with practical ways to work with your child in everyday life.

CDI focuses on relationships that support early development. We partner with families to help them understand what their child may be experiencing. It can be a shift for the parents to focus so much on the relationship. They may enter services with us wanting us to ‘fix’ the problem but they walk away with the tools and confidence they need to move on to the next place. It’s a beautiful, powerful partnership and it works.

– Ariel Bahner, LCSW
Child Development Therapist