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 – 6 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.

Sensory Learners Play Group

For toddlers that are crawling and walking and their caregivers. A licensed Occupational Therapist will use sound, touch, smell and movement to help develop your child’s ability to explore their world.  Group meets weekly for 1 hour for 8 weeks on Wednesdays from 11am-12pm at CDI’s Tarzana Clinic.
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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 child development specialist for 8 weeks on Wednesdays from 9-10:30am at CDI’s Tarzana Clinic.
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*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. 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.

Tear Free Tummy Time

For birth to pre-crawlers agoes 0-6 mos 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 with an Occupational Therapist for 1 hour on Mondays from 9-10am at CDI’s Tarzana Clinic.
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Prenatal Support Groups

For expectant Mothers. Mental health matters and expecting a baby is a big change which brings up many emotions. Join other expectant Mothers in this weekly group to prepare for your transition to parenthood. Group meets weekly for 1 hour with a child and family specialist on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm for 6 weeks at CDI’s Tarzana Clinic.
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Foodie Family Group

For ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. Learn how to help your child explore new foods and textures in a calm and supportive setting.  Group meets weekly for 1 hour with a SOS Certified Feeding and Swallowing Therapist on Mondays from 10-11am for 8 weeks at CDI’s Tarzana Clinic.
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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