Smile is a play-based pediatric therapy clinic providing Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy via Early Start Denver Model, Speech- Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, and Feeding Therapy to children from birth through adolescence. With an expert staff of multi-disciplinary therapists, therapy at Smile is a joyful and adventurous experience for kids, parents, and staff. “Seeing Miracles In Life Everyday” is not just a motto we aspire to, it’s a remarkable and tangible occurrence we’ve had first-hand alongside our families.
Our Safety Pledge: At Smile we view the developing brain as a critical time for learning. We understand your concerns and have partnered with a registered (RN) to best ensure a healthy environment. In this time of uncertainly, the health and safety of the children and families that we serve remains paramount!
Smile now offers a variety of safe, fun, and exciting in-person, virtual, or hybrid year-round treatment opportunities. Call us today to learn more 323.644.9380. We look forward to growing together!
What is ESDM?
The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is an evidence-based comprehensive therapeutic intervention approach for children with or at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder from 12 to 60 months of age. The ESDM focuses on social interaction skills, in addition to receptive and expressive language, fine motor and gross motor development, imitation, cognition, play skills, and personal independence. Time Magazine has listed ESDM as a Top Ten Health Breakthrough and research has shown that the ESDM changes brain functioning for children with at risk for autism to become more normalized.
It is a child-lead approach that stems from a developmental, holistic approach to treatment. Parental involvement and training are focal points of the treatment and the goal of the program is to encourage social learning during natural, everyday fun activities with the most important people in a child’s life.
Who is eligible for ESDM?
Children between the ages of 12 to 60 months of age who either have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or who show at risk signs of autism are eligible to receive ESDM services.
At risk signs of autism include but are not limited to difficulty with social interactions, including poor eye contact, inability to engage in reciprocal and sustained social interactions with others (including peers), a preference for solitary or parallel play, repetitive behaviors, and/or difficulty organizing behaviors in a variety of settings.
How many hours of ESDM therapy are provided per week?
Therapy is provided at a minimum of 15-hours per week and up to 30-hours per week. In the event that a child is unable to participate in the program at a minimum of 15 hours a week, exceptions can be made based on the scheduling needs of the child and family.
Where is the ESDM treatment provided?
Therapy services may be provided in home, community, preschool, school, and daycare settings based on client need and company availability.
Who funds ESDM?
ESDM therapy is funded by the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center (FDLRC) for eligible children between the ages of 12 months to 4 years, 11 months of age.
Private insurance companies may also fun the ESDM. At this time, Smile is not a provider of the ESDM through private insurance; however, we plan to become a provider of the program via insurance this upcoming year.
How do I get the ESDM services started?
If your client is between 12 months to 4 years, 6 moths of age and meets the eligibility criteria, a company ESDM representative will call you to discuss further details regarding next steps.
The Speech-Language Therapy program at Smile focuses on providing high quality treatment services through natural, everyday learning opportunities. Children in our program are taught the foundational skills of relating (engagement), understanding (receptive language), communicating (expressive language), and speaking (speech production).
Speech- language therapy services may target any or all of the following areas related to effective communication:
We work hand in hand with parents to help each child master the ever-changing human skill of speech and language. Individualized treatment goals are created and caregivers are taught how to foster their child’s speech and language development during fun-filled, everyday life experiences. The result is lasting communicative success for all treatment participants.
For more information regarding our Speech-Language Therapy program, please contact us at 323.644.9380 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Smile’s Occupational Therapy & Sensory Integration Program focuses primarily on a child’s motor development, including both fine motor and gross motor skills. Additionally, sensory processing, self-regulation abilities, and self-help skills are supported. Impairments in any of the above developmental areas may be independent of one another but are often interrelated.
Each individual has a unique sensory understanding and presents with different styles of interpreting and responding to these sensations. Intake and organization of these various inputs from the surrounding environment help us to initiate motor and behavioral responses that enhance our ability to stay calm, alert, and attentive for continued participation, engagement, and learning within the environmental context (this is also known as self-regulation). Difficulty taking in or interpreting this input can lead to impairments in self-regulation or delays in motor functioning, behavioral challenges, difficulty with social relationships, maintaining mood, regulating emotions, self-esteem, and overall learning.
Motor skill development and sensory experiences are fostered in Smile’s Occupational Therapy & Sensory Integration treatment program through free-play and exploration, as well as in carefully planned and structured learning opportunities. Our occupational therapists focus on providing a child with “just-right challenges” that will help organize his or her motor and/or sensory system and thus helping the child to become more independent in their everyday routines.
For more information regarding our Occupational Therapy & Sensory Integration Treatment program, please contact us at 323.644.9380or at email@example.com
Feeding Therapy is a comprehensive feeding therapy treatment offered at Smile for infants and toddlers from birth to school age that experience concerns or delays in feeding. The program provides efficacious treatment of feeding concerns or disorders where a supportive multidisciplinary team assesses the child’s needs, assigns appropriate research driven intervention programs, and supports caregiver education in order to improve the child’s overall feeding skills, behavior, and nutritional intake.
Feeding Therapy at Smile offers individual treatment via a team of licensed specialists including: occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, pediatric dietitians, child development specialists, and community pediatricians. Caregivers are also considered an integral part of the multidisciplinary feeding team and actively participate in the program, thereby promoting a positive feeding environment for all participants and the generalization of skills.
For more information regarding our Feeding and Nutrition program, please contact us at 323.644.9380 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
At Smile we understand your concerns regarding your child’s development. We believe that when a concern or suspected concern is present-no matter how big or small- every individual deserves an opportunity to get some answers and get started on the track. As a part of our mission to help each individual reach their utmost potential, Smile provides assessments, screening, and consultative services from birth to adolescence for individuals that have any form of suspected developmental concern in the areas of:
Assessment, screening, and consultative treatment services can include one or more of the following based on individual need:
Should you have any concern regarding your child’s development, please do not hesitate to contact us at 323.644.9380 or at email@example.com.
Together we will determine if a full assessment is needed for your child or if your child would benefit from single or ongoing monthly consultative services to help jump-start or maintain your child’s development.
There are a variety of private, non-profit Regional Centers that operate under contract with California’s Department of Developmental Services. Regional Centers utilize state and local funding to service children and adults with developmental disabilities, who have or are at risk for a developmental delay or disability, and who are at high-risk of parenting an infant with a disability.
Smile is contracted with various Regional Centers as service providers for evaluations and treatment of speech, occupational therapy, and feeding therapy for infants and children from birth to 3 years of age. Additionally, Smile exclusively provides Developmental Intake Assessments to support eligibility for services for the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center for clients of all ages.
Smile is currently a preferred, in-network provider for speech therapy, occupational therapy and feeding therapy for the insurance companies listed below:
To receive funding through Kaiser Permanente or Easter Seals for therapy, please contact your member service representative and request for your child’s referral to be sent to Smile’s scheduling department at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (323) 644-9381. Once we have received your referral, Smile’s scheduling team will contact you and notify you of our current therapy openings and provide you with a permanent schedule (based on clinic availability).
In the event that insurance funding is secured, all applicable copayments are required at the start of each session. NO exceptions will be allowed and services will not be rendered in the event that copayments are unable to be made. Payment is accepted in the form of: cash, credit card, or check made payable to Smile Pediatric Therapy & Diagnostics Inc
Smile offers affordable rates to private consumers. Payment is required at the start of each session. NO exceptions will be allowed and services will not be rendered in the event that payment for services is unable to be made. Payment is accepted in the form of: cash, credit card, or check made payable to Smile Pediatric Therapy & Diagnostics Inc.
Smile is certified as a Non-Public Agency (NPA) by the State of California Department of Education. NPA services may be utilized when treatment services are unable to be provided by the school district or charter school (as indicated on your child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP)). In this event, you may request Smile as the NPA provider on your child’s IEP.
For more information regarding our funding and payment options, please contact our billing specialist at 323.644.9380 or at email@example.com
Smile cares deeply about the health and safety of each child. We have diligently implemented procedures as mandated by the Public Health Department, Centers for Disease Control, and Child Care Licensing to ensure that the safety of the children that we serve remains paramount. In partnership with a registered nurse (RN) trained in pandemic safety, Smile has implemented a variety of protective measures for in-person services when available. These include but are not limited to increased hand washing, temperature checks, staff visibility face masks and face shields (when appropriate), social distance-student learning activities, increased sanitation measures during operating hours (as well as nightly deep cleaning), and regular staff and parent mandatory health and safety training. Our expert RN will also serve as ongoing consultant during this time to best ensure that as a community we create a safe and healthy learning environment for all.
We have felt so incredibly supported by Smile. We had some concerns about whether or not the virtual treatment sessions they offer would be worth it but within the first few minutes of our son’s first virtual session ALL of our concerns went away. The staff at Smile whether in person or when providing treatment digitally are IMPRESSIVE! They know how to engage my child, keep him focused, and help with his development. My partner and I are so thankful for everyone at Smile. Our child truly would not be where he is at today without them. I encourage EVERY family to contact Smile. What they can do is life changing!
“You have shown my wife and I that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and given us tools to help our daughter. Your patience, optimism, enthusiasm and kindness are infectious!”
“My son has had feeding concerns since birth. I took him to see so many people to get help, as I knew something was not right. He was gaining weight just fine but couldn’t nurse without gagging or choking. All I heard from many specialists was “he is fine, he is gaining weight”. Then, when it was time to feed him pureed food- he could not swallow the food and I was an absolute mess. When you can’t feed your child- it scares the life out of you! Thankfully, my son has been in treatment at Smile since he was 6 months of age. He now swallows and chews whole foods and eats a variety of textures. It took a lot of work and patience but I am thankful with each bite that Smile’s exceptional feeding team is a part of our family!”
“Endless thanks to Smile for all that you have done for me and my son. It is your persistent support, encouragement, creativity, kindness, love and warm smiles that have keep us both growing”
“Thank you Smile for everything you have helped our child achieve in the past few months. With your help, encouragement and hard work (and I know it can be hard) our child can now brush her teeth without gagging, is open to trying new flavors and has added chicken nuggets to the list of foods she will eat. Big deals in our household!”
“It is both remarkable and inspiring to know that there are such dedicated individuals at Smile who help children and their families. Please know that there are many other parents who feel the same way and even though we may often forget to tell you – your work is greatly appreciated! Thank you again for your hard work and dedication.”
“When we started at Smile, our daughter could barely draw a straight line, a circle was a huge challenge and scissors - forget it! I know that it may sound like simple things, but I never used to see her come home from school with marker on her fingers, and any crafty project was a straight ``no``. Now she's drawing people, coming home with marker on her hands, and even can cut without assistance - but the biggest thing is the confidence it's given her around the other kids at school, and there is no greater gift.”
“The therapists at Smile have taught not only our child but us so many creative ways to play and so many different strategies to communicate with him, and, as a result, his progress in speech has been wonderful! Thank you for being so patient, loving, and encouraging with our son, and for teaching us all how to communicate better.”
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