Theraplay offers a variety of therapeutic play groups at our conveniently located outpatient centers. These programs have been developed for children of all ages with various needs. Through our playgroups, children are encouraged to achieve the highest level of physical, social and communicative independence possible.
Group programs are offered during the day, evening and Saturday hours. Play groups are organized by the number, age and skill level of interested children. An initial screening is performed with a therapist, and other interested children, to ensure that the group will meet the individual needs of the child in a group setting. Screenings are free of charge.
Each group program is an hour session, once a week, for 8 weeks. Parents receive a brief summary after each visit and a progress report at mid- and end of session. Theraplay’s therapeutic play groups are available to all children at any stage of development. However, because there is a therapeutic focus to each session, we require a physician’s prescription in order to register for the group.
Let's Be Friends
Social Skills Group for 3-5 Year Olds
Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 am
April 10 - May 29, 2018
Free screening on April 3 at 10:00 am
Social Skills Group for 7-10 Year Olds
Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
April 16 - June 11, 2018
Free screening on April 9 at 7:00 pm
Social Skills Group for 4-5 Year Olds
West Chester Center
Tuesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
May 1 - June 26, 2018
Free screening on April 17 at 1:00 pm
“Let’s Be Friends” is a group designed to encourage your child to enhance his/her social competence while also expanding on their language and verbalizations. Children will be given opportunities to establish and practice their words, as well as appropriate social interactions and behavior, in a caring and safe environment. Each session will include an emphasis on providing activities with opportunities to develop typical language and social skills and will be run by an occupational therapist.
Group for 5-6 Year Olds
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
April 4 - May 23, 2018
Free screening on March 28 at 1:00 pm
Group for Second and Third Graders
West Chester Center
Mondays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
April 16 - June 11, 2018 (no group on May 28)
Free screening on April 2 at 6:00 pm
“Handwriting Helper” is a group designed to promote increased motor skills to further facilitate letter formation and placement, appropriate letter size and spacing, strengthen the muscles of the hand/wrist, and promote separation of the hand and fingers from the rest of the arm while writing. It follows the Handwriting Without Tears® program. Benefits of the group include: increasing motor skills in a caring and safe environment, interacting with peers while working on handwriting and the opportunity to learn and practice skills as a group smaller than a classroom. Additionally, a book from the program is available for purchase for further practice at home.
Yoga for Kids
Group for 5-8 Year Olds
East Norriton Center
Mondays, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
March 19 - May 7, 2018
Free screening on March 12 at 5:00 pm
“Yoga for Kids” is designed to encourage your child to enhance their body’s flexibility and strength while increasing mindfulness and social skills. Through the practice of various balance poses and activities, this group promotes concentration, body awareness and coordination, and will be run by a physical therapist.
Get a Grip!
Fine Motor Group for 5-7 Year Olds
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
April 17 - June 5, 2018
Free screening on April 3 at 5:00 pm
“Get A Grip” is a group designed to promote increased fine motor, visual motor, and bilateral coordination skills to support participation in school-related tasks. Activities will focus on strengthening the muscles of the hand/wrist, promoting separation of the hand and fingers from the rest of the arm while writing, increasing bilateral coordination for cutting, and improving visual motor skills for handwriting. Benefits of the group include: enhancing fine motor skills in a caring and safe environment, interacting with peers while working on crafts and the opportunity to learn and practice skills is a group smaller than a classroom.
Springing into Speech
Group for 5-9 Year Olds
Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
April 5 - May 24, 2018
Free screening on March 22 at 5:00 pm
Springing into Speech: is a group designed to promote improved intelligibility. This group seeks to address various articulation skills impacting a child's ability to clearly express themselves. A variety of cuing strategies will be used in order to help facilitate greater success with specific sound errors. This group will also provide the opportunity for children to interact with peers and improve social skills.
For more information on therapeutic play groups, or to request a group for your child, contact the Theraplay center nearest you.
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