As a child, I was always naturally drawn to babies and young children. I am told I was the Pied Piper of the neighborhood, with little ones following me everywhere! My passion stuck and I grew up babysitting, working in nursery schools and preschools, and eventually studied to become a Child Life Specialist working in pediatric hospitals.
A graduate school program at George Washington University prepared me to work with chronically-ill infants and children born with various developmental disabilities. At Georgetown University Medical Center I served on the Faculty of Pediatrics as an Infant Specialist in the Child Development Center. I was privileged to work in the Neonatal ICU, Pediatric ICU, Genetics, and Developmental Follow-Up clinic with newborns, medically fragile infants, and young children with various challenges including: extreme prematurity, cardiac defects, genetic disorders, sensory processing challenges, feeding disorders, attention difficulties, language delays, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. I have worked with parents and families from all cultures and walks of life, and am Spanish speaking.
After relocating to San Diego, I formed My BabySteps and have been in private practice in North County for over 20 years. We provide support, consultation, assessment & evaluation and developmental therapy to high-risk infants, toddlers and their families. Our Early Intervention Program is a provider for the Early Start Program of the State of California through the San Diego Regional Center. In addition to being a Certified Lactation Educator , I have additional training in a number of specialty areas such as feeding disorders, Autism Spectrum etc.
Being the mother of four children, including twins who were born prematurely, I have long related to issues of parenting from both a professional and personal standpoint. I understand how scary things can feel, and how important it is to have thorough and accurate information about your child’s health and development. I understand that as a parent your concerns and questions need to be adequately addressed, and that your child deserves to flourish and learn in an environment that is safe, fun, challenging and comfortable.
Sophie is a student in Child Development studies at Mira Costa College. She is an experienced nanny and has cared for children with developmental and behavioral challenges. Sophie is an assistant for a variety of our small group class sessions. Her internship hours are focused on expanding her knowledge and experience-base with children aged birth-three as well as normal vs. abnormal development.
Cindy’s Bio Bullets:
“Recognized for her compassion, excellent clinical skills, and easy rapport with children and families, Cindy has built a successful private practice based on her impeccable reputation in the field of Early Intervention and Assessment. She is a wonderful resource for our Early Start Program.”
– Early Start Coordinator, San Diego Regional Center