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We know individualized early intervention makes all the difference in a child’s trajectory.

At St. David’s Center, we know there is no one-size-fits-all approach to caregiving or to intervening early when a child is struggling. Our highly skilled therapists meet each child exactly where they are on their developmental path.

Doctoral candidate Natalie Martin works in our Family Place program with children who have emerging mental health needs, often resulting from trauma and early adversity.

“For children who have trauma and attachment issues, I need to help create a safe environment. Part of that is telling each child, ‘You’re safe. We’ll be here with you no matter what. You matter to me. I like you.’ Those kinds of messages are so profound for these kids, and they’re every day. It’s not just one day. It’s not just one practitioner who says it. It’s all of us saying the same thing.”

For years, we’ve heard from pediatricians and school districts that our collaborative approach to early intervention sets St. David’s Center apart. Mental health therapists leverage their wealth of knowledge and skills with the expertise of our occupational therapists and speech pathologists, and tailor treatment that leads to trajectory-changing results – all achieved in partnership with parents and caregivers.

Your commitment to St. David’s Center directly supports over 130 gifted mental health therapists in their everyday work. As our country experiences a shortage of mental health providers, a well-trained, well-supported workforce is more important now than ever before. Please help us continue this life-changing work by making a gift.

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