Professional Child Development Associates is a non-profit organization that offers a range of multidisciplinary screening, evaluation, therapy, and specialized services for children, birth through 21 years of age, and their families, when there are any concerns or problems in development, behavior, or social relationships at home, school, or in the community. Our specialists can help parents who may have questions about a child’s development or behavior, and provide different kinds of services to help children, parents, siblings, and other caregivers or extended family. PCDA also offers education and training for professionals, on-site services, and professional consultation for other agencies, addressing special needs, general child development, and behavior.
Utilizing a DIRFloortime® relationship-based approach, PCDA is an innovator in multidisciplinary team services and training that recognize the importance of supporting the ‘whole child’ and special relationships with parents, siblings, other caregivers, and friends. The PCDA professional team works together to understand children and families, and our specialists work closely with parents and caregivers and assist other professionals to understand the unique needs of each child and how to best support his/her growth and development.
PCDA services are provided at our Pasadena office, several satellite locations, a child’s home or school, and in other agencies within greater Los Angeles County. PCDA also offers services and professional education throughout the United States and internationally.
What is DIR®?
DIRFloortime® provides a framework of development milestones, building on the critical role of social-emotional development in all domains of development.
In DIRFloortime®, all interactions are tailored to the child’s individual differences, interests, and talents.
Children learn and develop through interactions with important people in their lives. DIRFloortime® supports a child’s learning through these emotionally meaningful relationships.
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