Strengthening Families & Communities Through School Based Services

At CDI, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to learn, grow and reach their full potential. We are here to support your child in their school or daycare setting.

School-based services help children learn how to successfully participate in a classroom environment, engage in learning activities, build consistent daily routines, socialize and form meaningful relationships with peers. CDI can support your child’s inclusion and integration in their classroom environment.

What makes School Based Services at CDI different?

“Whole Child” Approach: As a multidisciplinary organization, CDI’s therapists specialize in numerous areas of early child development and use a caring, individualized approach to help children reach their full potential.  Our therapists will collaborate with and work alongside your child’s support system to ensure a holistic approach that 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 Model and Strengthening Families Approach.

Individualized Plan: CDI therapists work with your family to create a treatment plan that incorporates your 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, family and teachers to be actively involved developing positive behaviors.

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

Services Offered:

Public School (LAUSD)

CDI is a Non-Public Certified Agency (NPA) with the state of California and the California Department of Education and is contracted with Los Angeles Unified School District to provide intervention services through a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), which can be developed in collaboration with your child’s school to support their identified needs and/or disabilities.

  • Behavior Support (BII/BID/BIT)
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

Preschool, Private School & Daycare

CDI’s 1:1 classroom aides use a developmental and relationship-based approach to provide individualized support for children who require additional help to meet their behavior, social-emotional, cognitive and learning goals.

Our aides specialize in helping children aged 2-8 years build skills to be successful in the classroom while supporting teachers with understanding and meeting the unique needs of the child.

Consultative services –  CDI consultants work collaboratively with teachers and administrative staff to improve approaches to working with young learners.  With an emphasis on building upon children’s strengths, and creating safe and supportive environments, our consultants can help develop strategies and solutions to common classroom challenges and improve classroom dynamics.

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