Experiencing successful group play is an important element of development. Many children with sensory processing difficulties have trouble entering groups, and sustaining interactions with other children. Group session provide a supportive opportunity to interact with other children.
Our groups consist of approximately 4-8 children who are similar in age and ability. We emphasize teamwork, turn-taking, and social interaction through large movement activities, fine motor activities, and “free play” time offering an unstructured play environment.
These groups are provided for children who are 3-4 years old. They focus on imiproving gross motor, visual motor, and motor planning skills in order to provide a foundation for academic skills. These groups also address fine motor skills incluing grasp, coloring, cutting, and drawing.
Our handwriting groups are provided for school-age children who need additional academic support. Similar to the social groups, we emphasize teamwork, turn-taking, and social interaction through large movement activities to warm-up and prepare the body for writing, specialized handwriting activities, and “free play” time offering an unstructured play environment. We use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum to introduce, enhance and refine writing skills.
These groups focus on using the "How Does Your Engine Run?" program to improve self-regulation. The group sessions consist of identifying how the children's "engines" feel when they are "too high", "too low", or "just right". In addition, it provides children with activities in order to help their "engine" run "just right" at home, at school, and in the community.