Early Intervention in Simi Valley

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 their hands?
  • Learning skills: Does the child play peek-a-boo? Do they look for a hidden object?
  • Personal and social skills: Does the child smile? Do they point? Does the child understand words and 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
  • Parents
  • 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 from birth to age 3. 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.

Our therapy services are embedded in our early intervention program. For detailed information regarding our specialized pediatric therapy expertise, click here.