Play Pals is a therapeutic group program for children ages 1.5 to 3 years or 4 to 5 years who are at risk of developmental delays or with identified disorders that impede their successful participation in preschool programs.
Children will have support from a learning specialist, occupational therapist, and speech and language pathologist.
Play Pals uses a play based intervention approach with a small adult to child ratio to prepare children for preschool and to provide parent training for a family-centered approach.
This small group program concentrates on learning through play and discovery and every month will have a theme that will tie into the daily activities.
|9:30-9:50||Arrival/ Exploratory Play (Gym)||Emphasis on social interactions, greeting peers, regulation, and transitioning into the group setting.|
|9:50-10:10||Morning Circle Time (Activity room)||Emphasis on speech and language, music and movement, social interactions, and body gestures/imitation. Children learn to identify peers and make observations of the natural world.|
|10:10-10:30||Structured Teaching (Activity room)||Thematic lesson plans with emphasis on fine motor, motor planning, classroom participation, body awareness and moderation, and speech and language.|
|10:30-10:50||Snack (Activity room)||Emphasis on feeding skills, self- help skills, tool grasp and manipulation, and social interactions.|
|10:50-11:10||Creative Expression (Gym)||Emphasis on group activities including pretend play, turn taking, music and movement, gross motor, social interactions, and expressive language.|
|11:10- 11:30||Art (Activity room)||Emphasis on motor planning, sequencing, fine motor, and creativity.|
|11:30-11:50||Social Game (Gym)||Emphasis on motor imitation, sensory processing, gross motor, socio-emotional skills, and social interactions.|
|11:50-12:10||Science (Activity room)||Emphasis on basic science concepts in an exploratory and play based context.|
|12:10-12:30||Sing Goodbye/ Parent Feedback (Activity room)||Emphasis on social interactions and language.|
Therapeutic Participation Group
The Therapeutic Participation Group is a social skills program designed to provide children with the tools, strategies, and therapeutic intervention necessary to establish meaningful experiences and interactions with their peers.
The group helps children build school readiness skills and problem-solving skills as well as coping skills for anger and emotion regulation. Children also learn strategies to stay focused, follow directions and make new friends through games, role-plays, arts and crafts, and other fun activities.
The Participation Group meets weekly with at least one session per month to take place in one our two locations and may include community outreach.
We accept children between 5 and 10 years old who want to form meaningful friendships in a 5:2 child to staff ratio. Groups are broken down according to chronological and developmental ages. Each group is comprised of up to 5 children, 2 occupational therapists