The Children’s Developmental Center has been providing therapy services to special needs children and their families since 1954.  The Center is the only facility in Lorain County dedicated to serving only children and has developed a great reputation as a facility that can make a difference in the life of a child. 


The Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping special needs children with physical, communicative, and developmental challenges.  Our motto is to teach families to understand their child’s special need and educate them to help us improve their child’s skills. 


The Center is a United Way partner agency and has accreditation from the Ohio Department of Health as a Medicare/Medicaid provider and is a provider for most major insurance companies. 


The Center is a fee for service facility, but has a sliding fee schedule for families that qualify.  The Center accepts contributions and donations and encourages you to support the Center with your generosity.  The Center has received major grant support from The Nord family Foundation, The Community Foundation of Lorain County, Nordson Corporation Foundation, The Stocker Foundation, First Merit Bank and many other community organizations and individuals.  The Center also wishes to express its gratitude for the years of support from both the Lorain Elks Lodge 1301 and the Elyria Elks Lodge 465. 


Please explore our website.  Call us with questions.





To provide services to special needs children helping them reach their maximum potential and impacting their quality of life.






The Children’s Developmental Center provides multiple therapy services to children diagnosed with a variety of challenges including Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Asperger’s Syndrome, autistic spectrum disorders, delayed speech and language development, suspected hearing disorders, and sensory issues which may affect your child’s development and/or school performance.  These services include speech and language, occupational, and physical therapies.  The Center’s psychologist provides counseling to families and the Center can test hearing on children of all ages, including infants.  The Center provides therapy in a one–on-one mode for our outpatient therapies.  We also have several specialized group programs that may serve your needs as well.  Just click on the area of treatment in which you are interested.



Once your child has been evaluated, you are part of the team.  Your input is a valuable part of the planning process.  Our goal is to teach you about your child’s disability so you can be a part of the treatment process.  Progress can not be made simply by bringing your child to therapy.  You will be given activities to do at home to enhance and reinforce the therapy program developed by your therapist(s).  The more you become involved and follow through with home activities, the more progress you can expect from your therapy.





If you have questions regarding your child’s development, you should always start with a visit to your pediatrician or well child clinic.  Express your concerns and provide them with examples of what you see or don’t see with regards to your child’s development.  If you are not sure what to ask, give us a call and we’ll help you.   Ask for a referral for an evaluation.  We require a physician’s written referral before we can schedule an appointment for your child. 


When you call to schedule an appointment, we will ask for information about you, your child, and your insurance coverage.  The Center is on most major private insurance plans, and is a provider for BCMH, Medicaid, CareSource, Molina and other managed Medicaid providers.


You may want to contact them before calling to see if we are a network provider.  Once we have your information, we will contact your insurance company to verify your benefits and get any needed authorizations.  Once your child is scheduled for an evaluation, we will send an information package to your home.  It will contain forms you need to complete and bring with you to your initial appointment.  The Center does offer a sliding fee schedule to families with limited resources.  You will need to provide proof of income to qualify.  If you have questions regarding our services or fees, please ask to speak to the Office Manager.



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