Who We Serve

Our Mission

Tichenor Clinic for Children maximizes children’s abilities by providing therapy and parent support services for those with limited access to care.  

Who do you serve? 

We serve children with disabilities ages birth to 18 years old and their parents & caregivers who have not been able to find affordable care, care within our geographic region, or highly specialized pediatric care that our clinicians can provide. 

We cannot duplicate services. 

  • If your child is already receiving services elsewhere please contact us after those services end. 
  • If your child is receiving or is eligible for services at Medical Therapy Unit (MTU) for OT and PT, please contact the MTU for individual therapy.  

Do you require a referral?

For physical therapy and occupational therapy, yes, we require prescriptions for treatment.   

Do you have a waiting list?  

We do currently maintain waiting lists for each of our disciplines. In general, we prioritize: 

  • Children from birth to 3 years old 
  • Patients who have acute (post-surgical) needs or chronic pediatric orthopedic needs 
  • Patients who have not previously been seen at Tichenor 

If your child has already been seen at Tichenor and you want them to return, they can always return for groups and parents/caregivers can continue to participate in our parent support and education services. For individual therapy services, your child can be added to the wait list but it will likely be a longer wait because of the need to prioritize younger patients, urgent needs, or first-time Tichenor patients.  

Please call our office at 562-597-3696 with any questions. 

What are your fees?  

Our individual therapy sessions are all free of charge after a one-time $10 registration fee.

Swimming class fees can be found on the swim page plus a one-time $10 registration fee.

Specialty classes* carry a $100 materials fee (these classes are offered elsewhere at $800+). Scholarships are available.   

*Specialty classes:
Hanen “More Than Words” (parent coaching class for parents of autistic children or children with difficulties with social communication)
Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk” (parent coaching class for parents of children with language delays)
Discovering Mealtime Success (parent coaching feeding class)  

What payment do you accept for the few fees that you charge? 

We accept cash, credit card, and Zelle. 

For swim classes, we also accept Regional Center reimbursements for self-determination funds and social recreation funds. Please see your regional center service coordinator for more details.

What insurance do you accept?  

We do not bill insurance, private or Medi-Cal. By not being bound by insurance restrictions and requirements, we’re free to focus on providing you the individualized care your child needs. If you do have private insurance, we ask that you try to find a provider covered by your insurance. If none are available, please reach out to us.  

How are you funded if you don’t bill insurance? 

We currently do not receive any federal, state, or regional center funding (beyond regional center reimbursements for self-determination and social recreation applied to swim classes). Over 90% of our funding comes from grants and sponsorships and the rest comes from generous individual donations. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN 95-1647800 and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Your donations help us keep our services free for families who need it most!  

What is your intake process? 

Please call us at 562-597-3696 to inquire about our services and openings. While we do have waiting lists, we’ll make every effort to understand your needs and connect you with resources if you cannot be seen quickly at Tichenor Clinic.