Established in 1958, the Cheerful Helpers Child and Family Study Center provides services to families with young children, ages 2-7, who are having difficulties with social and emotional development, including delays in speech and language, sensory-integration, motor-planning, self-regulation and socialization.

Our family-oriented, relationship-based intervention programs are for children with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders, attachment disorders, developmental delays, and processing, learning and emotional difficulties.

The Center operated for 49 years in the Thalians Department of Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center prior to moving to its own home in Fall 2007. Cheerful Helpers remains the only program in the Los Angeles area that helps children with special needs by treating the entire family.

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We provide hope to families with young children experiencing significant developmental, social and emotional challenges. In a safe and warm setting, we offer a unique collaborative, educational and therapeutic approach, empowering the entire family to achieve their potential for life-long growth.   We strive to maintain an environment that is respectful and supportive of each child’s developmental accomplishments, emotional resilience and autonomy. The Center combines compatible theories of children’s psychological cognitive development with an attention to individual differences and family processes.




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