At Rady Children's Division of Developmental Services, it's all about partnership. We take a transdisciplinary approach to supporting children and their families so children achieve their fullest developmental potential. Developmental Services' clinicians work across disciplines to make sure we view the "whole child" and engage their parents or caregivers in their evaluation and treatment. From the traditional clinical disciplines offering audiology, occupational, physical therapy, and speech language pathology services, to community-based prevention programs like the Developmental Screening & Enhancement Program for children in foster care, to clinical intervention programs like KidSTART and Feeding Team, our priority is always to partner with families and other professionals in the identification, evaluation, and treatment of children.
As a result, the Division of Developmental Services is home to innovative and award-winning programs such as the Cochlear Implant Program, serving over 450 families in southern California with cochlear implants, the multidisciplinary Down Syndrome Clinic, the only one of its kind on the entire West Coast, and the Autism Discovery Institute (ADI), one of only three such comprehensive programs in the nation. The ADI is at the forefront of clinical research and offers one of the most outstanding diagnostic & treatment centers in the state of California. The ADI is also home to Alexa's PLAYC (Playful Learning Academy for Young Children), an inclusion program that offers integrative early education for typically developing children and children with autism spectrum disorders. Our KidSTART program has been recognized by the California External Quality Review Organization (CAEQRO) as an exemplary initiative in the state of California for addressing the behavioral and mental health concerns of young children with complex needs.
Joining the Division of Developmental Services means joining a nationally recognized team dedicated to collaborative relationships among clinicians, researchers, and families that make a difference for children, our community, and the field through clinical practice, translational research, and presentations to national audiences, and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
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