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Therapeutic Play Groups

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.

Upcoming Groups

 

Horsham

Building Blocks
For 5-7 Year Olds • Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm • January 30 - March 19, 2020 • Free screening on January 16 at 5:00 pm

 

Newtown

Teen Club 
For Teens • Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm • January 28 - March 17, 2020 • Free screening on January 14 at 6:00 pm

 

Quakertown

Handwriting Helper
For 6-8 Year Olds • Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 pm • January 22 - March 11, 2020 • Free screening on January 15 at 4:00 pm

Sledding into Speech Sounds
For 4-6 Year Olds • Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 pm • January 15 - March 11, 2020 • Free screening on January 8 at 4:00 pm

 

Group Descriptions

Building Blocks

Building Blocks is a group designed to encourage your child to enhance his/her social skills and will focus on interactions with peers. Children will be given opportunities to establish and practice social interactions and behavior in a caring and safe environment. Activities will be based around building with Legos and blocks, and your child will take on different roles within the group to work together to create models and play games. Each session Includes an emphasis on providing activities with opportunities to develop typical social skills.

 

Cooking

Cooking is a group designed to encourage your child to enhance his/her independence in self-care and direction following skills to make snacks and simple meals that can be replicated within their home environment. Group members will also be given opportunities to practice a variety of skills such as measuring, cutting, use of utensils, improving safety awareness in kitchen environment, and trying new foods. This group will be run by an occupational therapist each week.

 

Engage in Play

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.

 

Fall Crafts 

Fall Crafts is a group designed to encourage your child to enhance his/her fine motor skills and will focus on building age appropriate skills through play and crafts. Children will be given opportunities to practice a variety of skills such as cutting, grasping, and coloring in a caring and safe environment. Activities will be fall themed and may take place indoors or outdoors as weather permits.

 

Fitness with Friends

Fitness with Friends is a group designed encourage movement experiences in a play environment to model and expand current gross motor skills. The focus will be on promoting strength, endurance, balance and coordination required for participation in age-appropriate play with peers and during sports. There will also be an emphasis on social group play, turn-taking, promoting active lifestyles, building confidence and participation in a small group environment. Each group will be run by a physical therapist.

 

Get a Grip

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.

 

Get in the Zone of Regulation

Get in the Zone of Regulation is a group designed to encourage your child to enhance his/her ability to self-regulate their moods, emotions, and behaviors. Children will be given opportunities to establish andpractice appropriate social interactions and behavior in a caring and safe environment. Each session will include an emphasis on providing activities with opportunities to develop emotional regulation in a social environment.

 

Handwriting Helper

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 at home.

 

Let's Be Friends 

Let’s Be Friends is a group designed to encourage your child to enhance his/her social competence. Children will be given opportunities to establish and practice 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 social skills and will be run by speech-language pathologists.

 

Mighty Movers

Mighty Movers is a group designed to introduce your child to the skills required for a variety of sports. The focus will be on integrating the core strength, coordination, and body awareness required to take part in these recreational activities. There will also be an emphasis on teamwork and participation in a small group environment. Each group will be run by a physical therapist.

 

Move and Play

Move and Play is a group designed to encourage movement experiences in a play environment to model and expand current gross motor skills. The focus will be on promoting strength, balance, and coordination required for participation in age appropriate play with peers. There will also be an emphasis on social group play, turn-taking, and participation in a small group environment. Each group will be run by a physical therapist.

 

Science of Language

Science of Language is a group designed to encourage your child to understand and use language focusing on following and giving directions, retelling a process and thinking critically. Children will also be given opportunities to establish and practice appropriate social interactions and behavior in a caring and safe environment.

 

Sledding into Speech Sounds 

Sledding into Speech Sounds 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.

 

Snack Pack

Snack Pack is a group designed to introduce new foods in a fun and playful way to encourage your child to enhance his/her positive interactions with food in a social setting. Children will be given opportunities to establish and practice mealtime social interactions and appropriate behaviors in a caring and safe environment. Activities will be based around decreasing resistance to playing with, touching and tasting new foods. Each session will include a sensorimotor activity followed by introduction of a new food group or snack in a group setting.

 

Sports for Kids

Sports for Kids is a group designed to introduce your child to a variety of sports in a non-competitive environment. The focus will be on learning high-level motor skills required for sports, promoting concentration, body awareness and coordination. There will also be an emphasis on teamwork and participation in a small group environment. The group will be run by a physical therapist. Each session may include a new sport, stretching, dynamic warm-up, balance and coordination activities, strengthening and endurance activities, sport-specific drills and much more!

 

Superkids

Superkids is a group designed to get kids excited about moving and playing while also working on fine tuning some early gross motor and coordination tasks. Each week we will focus on one super hero and the activities completed will be planned with this super hero in mind. Each session with be led and run by a physical therapist.

 

Teen Club

Teen Club is designed to provide teenagers opportunities to establish and practice appropriate social interactions with peers in their age group. In addition, this group will focus on participating in structured life skills opportunities in a caring and safe environment. Each session will promote independence, generalization, and carry over of target skills and will be run by a speech-language pathologist.

 

Words With Friends

Words with Friends is a group designed to promote improved motor speech coordination to further facilitate improved articulation skills. This group seeks to address motor speech coordination difficulties characteristic of those seen in children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. A variety of cuing strategies will be used in order to help facilitate greater success with specific sound errors. The group will also provide the opportunity for children to use targeted words to improve grammar and social skills.

 

Yoga for Kids

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 groups promotes concentration, body awareness and coordination, and will be run by a physical therapist.

 

 

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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