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Where Everybody Belongs
At St. David's Center, inclusion is not a practice or an educational strategy, it is a value. Learn how preschool children, like Jonathan, benefit when they have opportunities to play and learn side-by-side with children of all abilities. Watch video.
Play for All
St. David's Center is home to the first toddler playground in Minnesota that combines inclusive and natural play elements. Learn more.
Importance of Early Intervention
Learn how preschool children with developmental challenges, like Joey and Drew, make gains faster thanks to intensive, targeted intervention early in life. Watch video.
St. David's Center proudly meets all of the Charity Review Council's Accountability Standards for non-profits. Charities that meet all standards are granted the use of the Council's "Meets Standards" seal which gives donors indication of a charity's commitment to accountable and ethical practices. Learn more.
What is St. David's Center?
With a 50-year history, St. David's Center has grown and changed based on community need. Learn more about the organization today and our goals for the future in this video overview.
Finding a Toy for Your Child with Special Needs
St. David's Center partnered with Creative Kidstuff to train their staff and develop a website to help you find the right toy for your child with special needs, develop their skills and show you the best way to play. Check it out.
Celebrating our staff's service
Executive Director Julie Sjordal (top) & ECE Special Needs Manager Jana Rasmussen (bottom) celebrate 25 & 30 years, respectively, with St. David's Center.
Proud to be named a Top 100 Workplace!
St. David’s Center is proud to be named a 2014 "Top 100 Workplace” by the Star Tribune. The honor was awarded as result of positive survey feedback from hundreds of our valued employees. Learn more about our employment opportunities.
Autism Day Treatment Program
ADT is now accepting new applicants! Contact CORE at 952.548.8700 for more information.
The Autism Day Treatment (ADT) program at St. David's Center is for children ages 2-6 years, who have a medical diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). St. David's Center also runs a community-based Autism Day Treatment Program for Somali children and families in Northeast Minneapolis.
Our ADT program is the only day treatment program in the West metro that uses a mental health approach and leverages an interdisciplinary team of child therapists including a:
- Licensed psychologist/mental health professional
- Mental health practitioner
- Music therapist
- Occupational therapist
- Speech/language therapist
St. David's Center autism experts partner with Creative Kidstuff to recommend toys that strengthen cognitive, communication, and sensory motor skills. The partnership also gives children in Autism Day Treatment classrooms the opportunity to learn through play with those toys.
Story reported by Jamie Yuccas of WCCO 4 News.
This intensive program takes an integrated approach to treating challenges associated with ASD – including difficulties with social interaction, communication, sensory processing and self-regulation - and creates a tailored plan to meet each child's individual needs.
When appropriate, our program provides an opportunity for children on the autism spectrum to transition to a supportive and inclusive preschool classroom in the same building – resulting in improved functioning inside and outside of the classroom.
We recognize that the entire family is affected by autism; therefore, we value communication and collaboration with parents and caregivers of every child in the program. Support groups and workshops also are available.
Many major insurances, Medical Assistance/TEFRA, PMAPs and private pay .
Medica customers may qualify for our autism support services.
Autism Day Treatment Family Support Groups
St. David's Center hosts ongoing Family Support Groups for current and past Autism Day Treatment families. More info.
Autism Day Treatment Information Session
For parents that have a child on the autism spectrum and are interested in learning more about the ADT program, this one and a half-hour meeting is presented by ADT program staff and discusses: the ADT philosophy and treatment approaches, the multi-disciplinary team, the intake process, family support services and funding. Parents have the opportunity to ask questions specific to their child as well as tour the treatment spaces. It is highly recommended that all families on the ADT waitlist or those considering the program attend an information session.
Next session: Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Minnetonka campus.
St. David's Center for Child & Family Development | 3395 Plymouth Road Minnetonka, MN 55305 | (952) 939-0396
Serving Minneapolis and the Greater Twin Cities Metro