Developmental-Behavioral Consultation is a service offered for children and youth, from birth through 17 years of age, and their families, when there are significant challenges in behavior. PCDA uses a developmental framework to understand behavior and interactions, and uses a developmental approach to improve behavior and support social-emotional growth. Parents are always directly included in the assessment and therapy process. Behaviors are viewed in the context of developmental skills in all areas, a child’s individual differences in sensory processing and regulation, and the pattern of family interactions and relationships. The service is provided by a clinician with a Master’s or Doctoral degree in psychology, Marriage and Family therapy, counseling, education, childhood development, or a related field.
PCDA is a group of professionals from many disciplines, who work together to provide comprehensive understanding of a child’s individual differences. A developmental pediatrician, clinical nurse specialist or therapists from occupational therapy or speech and language pathology may also participate as team members to support developmental-behavioral consultation as appropriate. Parents are always directly included in the assessment and therapy process. Behaviors are viewed in the context of developmental skills in all areas, a child’s individual differences in sensory processing and regulation, and the pattern of family interactions and relationships.
This service is vendored by the regional center, and may be authorized for a child with a developmental disability. Developmental-Behavioral Consultation may be the primary service, or it may augment other services, enhancing the child’s ability to benefit from another therapy or intervention.
Behavioral Intervention/Special Education Service
Professional Child Development Associates offers “behavioral intervention” services as a special education service Certified NPA (Non-Public Agency) to public schools for children 3-12 years of age.
PCDA uses a DIR-FloortimeTM approach to behavioral intervention. A child may be seen at home or at school. A developmental interventionist will be assigned to work with a child from 2-10 hours per week, according to his/her IEP (Individual Education Plan).
Behavioral intervention is used to help a child learn new skills to use in play, social interactions, and daily activities.
PCDA uses a multidisciplinary, developmental, family-centered approach in all services. With the exception of peer groups, our services actively involve parents or caregivers in every session.