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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 opened the first toddler playground in Minnesota combining inclusive and natural play elements in September 2010. 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.
"Tee Up for Tomorrow" Golf Tournament
Golf Hazeltine while supporting St. David's Center at our Inaugural Tee Up for Tomorrow Golf Tournament presented by the Minnesota Vikings and John Randle on Monday, July 15. Learn more.
St. David's Center has a wide range of experienced therapists on staff at its Minnetonka facility. Averaging 15 years or more of individual experience, our therapists work together to create an individualized plan to help your child reach his or her developmental goals.
Learn more about our therapists by clicking on the links below.
- Autism Day Treatment therapists
- Mental health professionals
- Music therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech-Language pathologists
A collaborative team of rehabilitative and mental health therapists and social workers, the Autism Day Treatment staff bring a high level of experience and expertise to their treatment including:
- A licensed music therapist with 30 years of experience using music and movement to facilitate socialization and improve the quality of learning
- Licensed psychologists and social workers trained in psychological testing of autism spectrum disorders and individual and group therapy
- Occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists with training/experience in autism spectrum disorders, feeding therapy and therapeutic listening
- Mental health professionals and practitioners with expertise in early childhood development and autism spectrum disorders
- Dedication to providing education and support for families
- Training for para-professional and graduate-level interns in the classroom
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The mental health staff are a team of Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Psychologists who represent a variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise to best meet the needs of each individual and/or family including:
- Experience working with clients coping with anxiety, depressive and adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma and abuse, feeding disturbance, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism spectrum disorders
- Expertise in diagnostic assessments and treatment planning
- Individual, family or group therapy services
- Psychological testing for cognitive, social-emotional and behavioral functioning, including autism spectrum disorders
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Our licensed music therapist conducts treatment in a variety of programs including Pediatric Therapies, Autism Day Treatment, Autism Support Services and Early Childhood Education.
In addition to 30 years of experience, our music therapist has: a BA in Music Performance/Music Education; a BS in Music Therapy; Licensure with the Certification Board for Music Therapy; Registered Music Therapist Member; and is a member of the American Music Therapy Association.
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Our occupational therapists have a broad range of knowledge and expertise to meet the individual needs of children and families including :
- Advanced training and experience with sensory processing and sensory integration disorders, postural motor difficulties, motor planning deficits, autism spectrum disorders, attention and learning disorders, fine and visual motor difficulties, complex neurobiological and behavioral disorders, infant regulatory disorders and oral-motor / sensory-based feeding disorders
- Individualized evaluations and intervention planning
- Co-treatment with speech pathologists, collaboration with other providers and home program development for families
- Knowledge-based best practice, innovation in service delivery and family-centered services
- Committed to ongoing professional development through community outreach and internships for masters level OT students
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Our speech-language pathologists offer a wealth of combined experience working with children and families, including:
- Extensive experience providing evaluation and treatment services to children of all ages across a variety of educational and medical settings
- On-going continuing education and advanced training to stay current with research and best practice
- Expertise in the areas of receptive/expressive language, articulation, autism spectrum disorders, apraxia, oral-motor feeding, voice and fluency
- Specialized experience leading social skills and feeding groups
- Close collaboration with parents, other therapists, and teachers to ensure well-coordinated, individualized programming
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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