Behavior and Early Intervention Services

Are you concerned with your child’s behavior? Are you curious if the behavior is normal or a sign of something else? Are you experiencing frustration and feelings of being overwhelmed when your child acts out and you are unsure of what to do?

We offer a range of behavior and early intervention services, including group classes for all parents and/or individual sessions to address specific or concerning behaviors a child may be demonstrating. The Pediatric Development Services Department also provides early intervention and specialty services throughout the San Diego Region.

Services Offered:

  • Behavior Services and Support
  • Early Intervention Services
  • Community Toddler Enrichment Program “La Escuelita”
  • Individual Home Visits
  • Parent Education
  • Center-based Group Sessions

La Escuelita


This program offers a variety of services to children with special needs and their families within a natural environment.

The program provides:

  • Services for children 22 months to 3 years old
  • Play-based/language-based developmental intervention program that targets IFSP goals
  • Consultation services by specialists
  • Home visitation
  • Parent education
  • Evaluation and additional services for the family as needed
Services of “La Escuelita” are provided primarily in Spanish, by bilingual and bicultural personnel, and delivered in a culturally sensitive environment.

Individual Home Visits


Home visits provide one-on-one interactive opportunities for addressing developmental goals and parental concerns in the family’s natural environment.

Child-development staff will:

  • Assist the family in assessing the home environment and provide developmental guidelines
  • Facilitate parent’s ability to practice carryover skills through modeling
  • Provide consultation by a PT, OT and SLP, as needed, to enhance development
  • For children with primary concerns in specific areas, the primary service provider may be a PT, OT, SLP, etc.

Parent Education


Parents will have the opportunity to participate in various activities including parenting classes while children are attending group sessions.

  • Facilitated by a trained Early Childhood professional, classes are available for general parenting or for behavior-related issues.
  • Topics focus on parenting issues related to toddler development.
  • Once a week, parents are invited in the classroom to observe and practice stimulation techniques to further enhance their children’s development.

Additional Developmental Services:

Children needing specific speech and language, OT and/or PT services may also be eligible depending on severity of delay and access to other funding sources, such as the child’s insurance.

Children needing these services may also be served by FHCSD, through our Pediatric Developmental Services Department, depending on the family’s primary insurance.

FHCSD is also able to offer the following services, often through the family’s insurance plan:

  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • ENT
  • Counseling and emotional support
  • Health education and nutritional services

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