The Child Development Specialists at Blue Bird Day play a very unique role in the intensive therapeutic day. This team is led by Department Head, Catie Byrnes and consists of Developmental Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, and Licensed Behavior Specialists.
Instead of honing in on one specific domain of development the child development specialist considers all domains, and how they can support or challenge one another, in order to scaffold a child’s progress globally. Therapists look at cognition, language and communication, fine and gross motor, social-emotional functioning, adaptive behavior, and self-help skills as a whole to assess and support development through the early years.
Additionally, the child development specialists act as the child’s case manager and family support specialist. Each therapist on the team is a Master’s level child development specialists with additional training in evidence based approaches, including Sensory Integration, Intentional Relationship Model, DIR/Floortime, Whole Brain Approach to Teaching.