Good to Grow

Good to Grow is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary (occupational, physical, and speech therapy) program designed for children from 18 to 36 months of age who are demonstrating mild to moderate delays in development with a sensory and/or motor-based origin, difficulties in social-emotional and communication skills, or are at risk for or have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

It is a semi-structured, but flexible preschool-like environment for up to 10 children per group. Good to Grow is based upon the SCERTS model: Social Communication (SC), Emotional Regulation (ER), and Transactional Support (TS). This model is designed to enhance the social, emotional, and communication abilities of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Natural routines across home, school, and community environments provide the contexts for increasing competence and active participation in daily experiences. Parents receive education through participation in the program one day per week and through the weekly parent meeting.


Age of Members: 18 months to 3 years

Program Goals:

The overall goal of Good to Grow is to facilitate development in all areas (social-emotional, communication, gross motor, fine motor, and self care) with a focus on:

  1. Early communication skills (communicative intent, joint attention, communication means, and symbolic behavior)

  2. Emotional regulation (supporting emotional well-being to enable children to be more available for learning and social engagement)

  3. Sensory processing

  4. Peer interaction

  5. Play skills

  6. Acquisition of motor skills

  7. Successful transitions between activities

  8. Meaningful parent and caregiver education

This program is not necessarily in lieu of individual services. Some children may require individual speech, physical, and/or occupational therapy in order to maximize their ability to engage in the Good to Grow Developmental Play Group curriculum or for transition to community-based programs with typically developing peers.

Private or Regional Center Funding Accepted.

Tamara Mitchell, MA, OTR/L at:
(626) 564-2700

Vendor #: PD-1939