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. Each group focuses on a specific area such as social skills, motor skills, sensory processing, speech and communication, and mental health.

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

All groups at CDI follow a developmental model within 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, children can join at any time. Each week, the group participates in activities that promote desired skills.

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 – 6 years*. CDI offers several different groups for children working on their social skills with peers. Using a play-based, 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.

CALM Baby & Me

For ages 0-24 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 for 1.5 hours with a mental health professional for 8 weeks.

Infant & Me Play Group

For ages 0-24 months* and their caregivers. Weekly topics will be discussed on what to expect with your child’s development, while learning and early relationships with peers are nurtured. Drop-in group, meets weekly for 1 hour.

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. Drop-in group, meets weekly with an Occupational Therapist for 1 hour.

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. Drop-in group, meets weekly for 1 hour.

Infant Massage

For 0 to 6 months and their caregivers. This 4-week class provides hands on full body infant massage instruction with an Occupational Therapist to promote relaxation, improve sleep, enhance attachment and help you and your baby connect through the power of calming touch.

Prenatal Support Groups

For expectant parents. Mental health matters and expecting a baby is a big change which brings up many emotions. Join other expectant parents in this weekly group to prepare for your transition to parenthood. Group meets weekly for 1 hour with a mental health professional for 6 weeks.

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

Parent Testimonial

“We first noticed a challenge during my friend’s surprise birthday party. Everyone started singing and my son just lost it. He was clutching and pulling at me, he didn’t want people saying anything to him. We began noticing other signs. I started searching for help.

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, he was 2 ½ years old and I got to observe from the other side of the glass. 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.

We learned tools to introduce transitions at home. We started using a timer and that really helped. As a parent, I learned different ways to help him and work with him. Just yesterday, we went to the Los Angeles Zoo as a family. He got on the carousel for the first time. He loved it! He engaged with another friend.

My husband and I looked back to when we couldn’t go anywhere. He wanted us to carry him all the time and he was so scared of everything and everyone. We don’t want him to miss out on life and we see how the social skills group gave him confidence.

Before CDI, I didn’t know anything about therapy. I thought it was only for very serious issues. These therapies are so simple and easy and if more people knew about it, they would do it. It’s a door that a lot of people haven’t opened. People are often afraid of a negative reputation that comes if your child has challenges but I’m so glad we found CDI!

My son also benefits from Adaptive Skills and Speech Therapy. His therapists work together along with us to make a plan that helps my son. He never liked the happy birthday song. He would cry or cover his ears; but when it was his turn to leave social skills group, he loved the song. His exit day was on his actual birthday. His friends sang and he just smiled and smiled. When he goes to PreK, he will be ready.”

– 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, LCSW
Child Development Therapist