Group Descriptions

social skills groups

Pediatric Group Descriptions

SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP

Building social relationships through interaction and communication. Social Skills Groups are designed to support children who present with a variety of delays and challenges. They improve social/pragmatic language skills by implementing practical strategies to strengthen ability to process social information. This group enables children to analyze their thoughts, actions, responses, and emotions in various social contexts through  structured group activities and in a play-based format. Engaging in play with others develops self confidence and competence for all involved.  Participants will gain social-cognitive awareness and begin navigating peer relationships with support from a experienced, Certified Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP).

SOCIAL-SENSORY SKILLS GROUP

Developing social skills through sensory exploration and peer interaction. Sensory-Social Skills Groups are designed for children on various levels and are infused with sensory input while supporting the physical developmental level of each participant. Children will be challenged to work together, solve problems, and practice pragmatic skills while engaging in pleasurable, spontaneous, and motivating sensory experiences. Participants must be able to follow multi-step directions, identify their emotions, and be able to express wants. Groups are facilitated by a Licensed Occupational Therapist and Certified Speech-Language Pathologist to provide the most supportive sensory environment to facilitate social interaction and building friendships.

SENSORY-DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT GROUP

Developing the brain through movement and play. Sensory-neurodevelopmental Movement Groups are designed for children on all levels who need a little extra help to integrate the sensory systems and improve the brain-body connection.They are excellent for sensory integration and calming the nervous system. Sensory-rich group experiences  promote the development of vision, hearing, balance, touch, and proprioception in a playful social environment. Participants will build their foundation for learning and attention through a sequence of innate, automatic, and rhythmic movements taught by a Licensed Occupational Therapist.

COORDINATION SKILLS GROUP

Organizing the brain through rhythm, timing and balance. Coordination Skills Groups teach participants to process various forms of sensory input while simultaneously organizing all parts of the body smoothly and efficiently. Exercises provide structured, sequential exercises for perceptual-motor development which lays the foundation for automating basic academic skills; e.g., handwriting, reading decoding, and math-fact retrieval. These specific sensory motor activities also challenge timing, balance, and auditory readiness thus improving overall attention and ability to learn. Groups will be facilitated by a Licensed Occupational Therapist with the aide of a Movement Specialist.