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
For 3-5 year olds
Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 am
June 19 through August 7, 2018
Free screening on Tuesday, June 12 at 10:00 am
For 7-10 year olds
Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
June 25 to August 12, 2018
Free screening on Monday, June 18 at 7:00 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.
For children entering kindergarten
Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
June 27 through August 22, 2018 (no group on July 4)
Free screening on Wednesday, June 13 at 5:00 pm
Write On! 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 at home.
Get a Grip!
Groups coming soon!
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.
Engage in Play
Groups coming soon!
Engage in Play is a group designed to encourage your child’s development through play. Children are given opportunities to establish appropriate ways to play and interact with peers while facilitating social skills to better communicate and attend during social interactions. Each session will include an emphasis on providing opportunities to communicate through song and play, and will be run by a speech-language pathologist.
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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