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.
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. Handwriting online 2021
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 18-24 months are held on Fridays from 9-10am. Sensory Learners Group Online
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 2021
*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.
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. 2021 dates coming soon.
Tear Free Tummy Time
For birth to pre-crawlers and their caregivers. Learn fun, and easy ways to encourage tummy time play at home. An Occupational Therapist will teach you new activities to support your baby’s development that can be adapted for various ages and medical needs. The last Friday of the month from 10-11 am. Tummy Time Online Class
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 5-6pm for 6 weeks. Prenatal Support Group Online
For parents with children ages 0-3 years. Learn how to help your child have a positive relationship with new foods while exploring and having fun at mealtime. Created to fit your child’s developmental and sensory needs, these classes are led by an Occupational Therapist, Certified in Feeding and Swallowing. Introducing First Foods and Picky Eating Strategies are offered on several different days and times. Feeding Workshops Online
Parenting During Stressful Times
In this series of classes, a Child & Family Specialist will cover Early Brain Development and Self-Regulation, Understanding Challenging Behaviors, Positive Parenting and Stress Management and Self-Care. Options to sign up for 1 class is also available. See flyer for more details here. Parenting Workshops Online
“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.”
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.