Age-appropriate groups are facilitated by experienced Occupational, Physical and/or Speech Therapists with the aid of DIR Certified Practitioners, Exercise Physiologists, Movement Specialists, Behaviorists and Special Education Providers. All groups will be infused with sensory input while supporting the physical and social-emotional development of each participant.
Creating the right group of children who will form a productive social skills and/or developmental motor dynamic takes a great deal of time and consideration. For this reason, we only run groups when we have identified a group of children who will benefit from the services being offered. We do offer individual sessions and peer dyads when the right group fit is not found.
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 an experienced, Certified Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP) and/or Special Instructor.
Developing social skills through sensory exploration and peer interaction. Social-Sensory 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/or Certified Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP) to provide the most supportive sensory environment to facilitate social interaction and building friendships.
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 integrating the sensory systems and improving 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 and/or Licensed Physical Therapist.
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. Activities 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 provide structured, sequential exercises also challenge timing, balance, and auditory readiness thus improving overall attention and ability to learn. Groups will be facilitated by a Licensed Therapist and/or a Movement Specialist.