Child Development Center’s Early Intervention Program
Using a transdisciplinary approach, the Early Intervention Program provides therapeutic intervention for developmentally delayed, at-risk, or handicapped children between the ages of birth and three years.
Once a child has been referred to the program, a comprehensive evaluation is usually administered to assess the child’s skills, including:
- Gross motor movement patterns — Does the child roll over, sit or stand?
- Fine motor movement patterns — How does the child use his or her hands?
- Learning skills — Does the child play peek-a-boo? Does he or she look for a hidden object?
- Personal & social skills — Does the child smile? Does he or she point? Does the child understand words? Does he or she like to play with toys?
Based on this assessment, therapists and parents determine and chart specific goals for each child in the areas of movement, language and learning. The assessment allows the team to recognize the child’s strengths and provides a baseline for growth. The CDC Early Intervention Program team includes:
- Early Childhood Education Specialists
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech and Language Therapists
Our nurse consultant assists parents with concerns about medical complications, failure to thrive, nutrition and medications. Her background as a Marriage and Family Therapist enables her to help support families with their decision making process regarding their child’s health and wellbeing. Consultative services are available for audiology.
Infant Massage is another service we provide to children birth to three. Studies have demonstrated that loving touch is beneficial for children with special needs and their parents or caregivers. Classes are taught by a Licensed Infant Massage Therapist.
The Early Intervention Program provides home-based, community-based, and center-based services. Interagency collaboration with regional centers, public health, and community agencies and school districts is ongoing. Our comprehensive and dynamic program serves communities in east Ventura County and west San Fernando Valley.