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 and Classes
Group and Classes for Ages 0-8 years
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.
CALM Baby & Me Group
For ages 0-12 months and their caregivers. Learn how to support your baby’s brain development, support attachment between you are and your baby, as well as learn simple strategies to help calm you and your baby. Group meets weekly in-person at our CDI Tarzana site for 1 hour with an Occupational Therapist for 6 weeks on Mondays from 12-1pm. (virtual options may be available upon request, call CDI for more information) CALM Baby & Me
Grupo CALM Bebe y Yo
Para bebés de edades 0-12 meses. Aprender cómo apoyar el desarrollo cerebral de su bebé, y estrategias simples para ayudar a calmar a usted mismo y su bebé. El grupo se reúne semanalmente por 1 hora con una especialista del desarrollo infantil. Lunes 10 – 11 am. CALM Baby & Me Spanish
Sensory Learners Play Group
For ages 0-24 mos. A licensed Occupational Therapist will lead you and your child in activities that engages your child’s sound, touch, smell and movement senses to help them develop curiosity, explore new sensory experiences and create friendships. Classes will meet in-person at CDI’s Reseda Campus. Classes will be held in a shaded outdoor group space. Each series is 1 hour per week for 6 weeks on Fridays 11am-12pm. (no class on November 25th). Sensory Learners Play Group
Preschool Readiness Group – In-Person
The Preschool Readiness Group (ages 2-3 years) will support age-appropriate skills in fine motor, gross motor, sensory, play, and social-emotional development. Led by a Licensed Occupational Therapist, children and families will be provided tools for a successful transition into preschool while making new friends along the way! Preschool Readiness Summer 2022
Ready, Set Write – Online
For ages 3- 5 years. Support your child’s handwriting skills in a fun class with CDI’s Occupational Therapy team! Each class 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 for 1 hour for 4 weeks. Handwriting Online 2021
Baby Talk Group
2021 dates coming soon. 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.
*Separate groups are offered for different age ranges of infants and children. Location of the groups may vary.
Groups & Classes for Parents/Caregivers
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. New dates coming soon.
In this in-person introductory 2-class-series for caregivers and baby, taught by a Licensed Occupational Therapist and Certified Infant Massage instructor. Caregivers will learn infant massage techniques and strategies to promote relaxation, improve sleep and digestion, enhance attachment and help you and your baby connect through the power of calming touch. This series will be hosted in-person at CDI’s Tarzana Clinic. (virtual options may be available upon request, call CDI for more information) Infant Massage Class
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
– Stress Management and Self-Care
Options to sign up for 1 class are also available. See flyer for more details here. Parenting Workshops Online
Crianza de los Hijos Durante Tiempos Estresantes
Todas las clases son impartidas por un especialista de niños y familias.
– Desarrollo Tempranodel Cerebro y Autorregulación
– Comprensión de Comportamientos Desafiantes
– Crianza Positiva
– Como Manejar el Estrés y el Cuidado Personal
Parent/Caregiver Support Group
Grupo de Apoyo Para Padre/Cuidador
We are here for you. Come talk with other families. Estamos aquí para usted. Ven a hablar con otras familias. For parents and caregivers of young children. Group meets weekly for 1 hour with a mental health professional. Tuesdays 5-6pm in English. Miércoles 6-7pm en Español.
“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.