Strengthening Families Through Therapeutic Groups

We know how important it is for you and your child to be connected with other families who are working towards the same goals. We understand how challenging it is to find quality groups and classes.

You are not alone, we are here to help.

At CDI, we offer Therapeutic Groups and Classes, which provide a unique opportunity for families, infants and children to learn and grow in a social setting while having the support of trained professionals.

CDI offers several different types of therapeutic groups.  Groups focus on a the individual needs for each child and family.

What makes Therapeutic Groups at CDI different?

Family Focused: CDI therapists know how vital parental participation and education is regarding early child development. We partner with YOU as the expert on your child.

“Whole Child” Integrated Approach: We approach children holistically considering their individual developmental needs. Our therapists have training in multiple areas of child development and they work together with parents to determine how best to support their child and family.

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.

Social, Play-Based: Children and families are given opportunities to play within a social setting which allows them to practice the skills they are learning.

Therapeutic Groups

Social Skills Groups

For ages 2 – 8 years*. CDI offers several different groups for children working on their social skills with peers. Using a play-based approach, therapists focus on helping children build self-regulation, attention, peer engagement, communication, and problem-solving skills. Groups meet weekly for 1.5 hours.

Parent Support Groups

For parents and caregivers of children who are receiving early intervention services. Groups address common challenges and successes with raising children with different developmental needs and what to expect when children turn three and enter the education system. Group meets weekly for 1.5 hours with a mental health professional.

Ready, Set Write

Support your child’s handwriting skills in a fun Zoom group with CDI’s Occupational Therapy team!  Each group offers a holistic approach to developing fine motor and letter formation skills by integrating multi-sensory modalities with components from Handwriting Without Tears®.  Classes meet weekly online for 1 hour for 4 weeks.  A level 1 class for ages 3-5-year-olds is held on Mondays from 4-5pm and a level 2 class for ages 3-5-year-olds are held on Tuesdays from 4-5pm.  A level 1 class must be completed before signing up for level 2 class. Ready, Set, Write Flyer

Sensory Learners Play Group

A licensed Occupational Therapist will lead you in activities that use household items that engage your child in sound, touch, smell and movement to help develop your child’s curiosity and ability to make sense of their world. Classes meet weekly online for 1 hour for 4 weeks.  Classes for ages 6-12 months are held on Tuesdays from 3-4pm and classes for ages 12-24 months are held on Thursdays from 3-4pm. Sensory Learners Online Flyer 

CALM Baby & Me

For ages 0-12 months and their caregivers. Learn how to support your baby’s brain development as well as simple strategies to help calm you and your baby. Group meets weekly online for 1 hour with a child development specialist for 6 weeks on Tuesdays from 10-11 am. CALM Baby & Me Online Flyer

*Separate groups are offered for different age ranges of infants and children.  Location of the groups may vary.

Baby Talk Group

For ages 1-18 months* and their caregivers. Learn how to support your baby’s early language development. Weekly sessions include communication milestones and practical activities to help support the development of these milestones. Facilitated by a Speech Therapist. Currently offering individual speech assessments and therapy, click here for more information.

Infant Massage

In this introductory class taught by a certified infant massage instructor, parents will learn infant massage techniques and strategies to promote relaxation, improve sleep, enhance attachment and help you and your baby connect through the power of calming touch. Infant Massage Class Online Flyer

Tear Free Tummy Time

For birth to pre-crawlers and their caregivers. Learn fun, and easy ways to encourage tummy time play at home. Each class will present new activities that can be adapted for various ages and medical needs. Group meets weekly online with an Occupational Therapist for 1 hour on Fridays from 9-10am. CDI Tummy Time Online Flyer

Prenatal Support Groups

For expectant parents. Mental health matters and expecting a baby is a big change that brings up many emotions. Join other expectant parents in this weekly group to prepare for your transition to parenthood. Group meets weekly online for 1 hour with a child and family specialist on Wednesdays from 4-5pm for 6 weeks. Prenatal Support Group Online Flyer

Foodie Family Group

For ages 6-36 months* and their caregivers. Learn how to help your child have a positive relationship with new foods while exploring and having fun at mealtime.  Each class is created to fit your child’s developmental and sensory needs.  Group meets weekly online for 1 hour for 4 weeks with an Occupational Therapist, Certified Feeding and Swallowing. Intro to Feeding for ages 6-12 months is held on Wednesdays from 11-12pm.  Foodie Babies for ages 12-24 months is held on Fridays from 9-10am and Foodie Toddlers for ages 24-36 months is held on Wednesdays from 10-11am. Foodie Families Online Flyer

Parent Testimonial

“The developmental therapist at CDI recommended a few therapies and the social skills group. This group was great for my son and our family. The first time we went, I noticed that he didn’t like playing with other kids. Little by little I saw him learning to sit, to transition. He started helping bring out mats. He learned to trust that more fun was coming when one activity was finished. He even started mentioning ‘his friends’ from group.”

– Carol
CDI Client Family

The Social Skills Group supports a child’s transition into preschool. We practice skills such as separation and engaging with peers in a social setting. When families join, parents are nervous about their child playing in socially appropriate ways. We never force a child to participate. Instead, we spend time getting to know the child, help them adjust to regulating within the group and learning the routine. Over time, we see them joining the group by their own will and desire, these are the skills that will be more meaningful and become integrated into who they are as they develop. After several sessions, parents are often shocked when their child joins group with excitement and enthusiasm. We have seen so many positive outcomes with this group.

– Ariel Bahner
CDI LCSW