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Therapeutic Group Programs are an opportunity for children to receive an intensive therapy experience in a small group setting. These programs are designed to help children become more successful in meeting the demands and expectations of everyday life. This is done through playful engagement in success oriented activities in a setting that offers natural opportunities for engagement.

Our Group Programs are open to both children who are current Emerge clients as well as those who are not. Early registration is recommended as our programs tend to fill quickly.

2017 Winter/Spring Group Programs

Adventure Squad (Group Full)

Developing Social and Problem Solving Skills through Nature, Science, Art, and Culinary Group Projects
Ages 5-8 years

Adventure Squad is a small group therapy program focusing on social skills through project-based activities with a nature theme. The group will focus on developing social interaction skills by building awareness of peer perspective taking through cooperative and fun group projects. Group members will have opportunities to utilize the Emerge garden and explore nature, while being challenged with generating project ideas, organizing a sequence of steps, gathering materials and executing plans for gardening, science, cooking and art projects. Projects will provide opportunities for group problem solving and teamwork, as well as negotiation and retention of individual roles and responsibilities within each project. This program will include social communication concepts from Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking ® curricula, and application of self-regulation strategies. The group is co-led by two therapists, and will be limited to six children in order to provide individualized attention.

Therapeutic Group Programs - Bubble Activity

Junior Explorers (Group Full)

Developing Social Skills and Self-Regulation Strategies in Children
Ages 5-8 years

Junior Explorers is an effective small group therapy program focusing on building self-confidence, learning how to negotiate friendships and developing strategies for self-regulation and problem solving. This program includes sensory motor and social communication activities in the sensory gym, games, art and concepts from the “How Does Your Engine Run” program. Zones of Regulation, and Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® curricula. The group, co-led by two therapists, will be limited to six children in order to provide individualized attention.

Creative Cooks (Group Full)

Developing Social Skills, Problem Solving and Enhanced Communication in Children
Ages 4-7 years

Enhancing communication, socialization and fine motor skills in a nurturing and supportive environment is the focus of this creative group. Children share in the task of planning and preparing food, solving problems, and enjoying the social aspect of cooking. The group is run by a speech therapist and an occupational therapist with an emphasis on supporting social interaction and working together to share in a common goal. This is a high functioning group, designed for children that have difficulty in social situations or initiating and sustaining interactions with peers.

Therapeutic Group Programs - Therapy Aid

Cool Cats

Developing Coping and Social Skills for Children with Anxiety
Ages 5-9 years

Cool Cats is an effective small Occupational Therapy group program focusing on developing coping skills and strategies for children demonstrating anxiety and/or stress in relation to school, change, peers and/or other aspects of everyday life. This program will include relaxation activities, music and movement, arts and crafts, feelings exploration, and cognitive/behavioral strategies. It will be led by two occupational therapists and limited to six children.

2017 Summer Group Programs

Social Sleuths

A small group that focuses on the development of communication and self-regulation skills and strategies to navigate social situations and negotiate peer interactions. Through building awareness of social cues, group members will learn how to master the skills they need to navigate the social world.  This group is co-led by a speech and occupational therapist.

For ages 8-12

Therapeutic Group Programs - Junior Explorers

Chit Chat Crew

A small group that focuses on the development of conversation skills and social communication through fun and engaging group activities for children. This group is co-led by 2 speech therapists.

For ages 8-12

Adventure Squad

A small group that focuses on the development of social skills through project-based activities with a nature theme. The group will help build awareness of peer perspective taking through cooperative and fun group projects. This group is co-led by two occupational therapists.

For ages 5-8

Write from the Start

A small group that focuses on learning to write and the development of fine motor skills. The Handwriting Without Tears Program will be used to provide a foundation for letter formation. Participants should be familiar with letters upon entry. This group is co-led by two occupational therapists.

For ages 4-6

Creative Cooks

A small group that focuses on enhancing communication, socialization and fine motor skills while sharing in the task of planning and preparing food, solving problems, and enjoying the social aspect of cooking. The group is co-led by a speech therapist and an occupational therapist designed for children that have difficulty in social situations or initiating and sustaining interactions with peers.

For ages 4-7

Junior Explorers

A small group that focuses on improving self- regulation, communication, and social skills using sensory motor activities, games, and concepts from the Zones of Regulation and Michelle Garcia’s Social Thinking Curricula. This group is co-led by two occupational therapists.

For ages 5-8

Social Butterflies

A small group that focuses on the development of play and communication skills in order to navigate peer and play interactions appropriately. Social Butterflies will pull concepts both from the Zones of Regulation and Social Thinking®, in order to assist group members in gaining peer perspective taking skills, recognition of emotions, and an ability to engage in cooperative and reciprocal play activities. This group is co-led by an occupational and speech therapist.

For ages 5-7

Creative Writers

A small group that focuses on the use of imaginative, organized, and effective writing while working to improve formation, placement, size, and other structural components of handwriting. Members will have the opportunity to take on a variety of writing roles including reporters, detectives, announcers, and storytellers to incorporate shared experiences, factual information, and visual imagery into their writing. This group is co-led by two occupational therapists.

For ages 7-10 

Preschool Power

A small social-intensive group program for children who are preschool-age. The focus is on developing classroom participation skills, effective communication skills and appropriate peer interactions using circle time, supported play, movement activities, crafts and a snack. This group is co-led by a speech therapist and an occupational therapist.

For preschool aged children

Let’s Move

A small group that focuses on the use of movement to improve motor development, motor planning, strength, and endurance. Participants will engage in gross motor games, obstacle courses, group exercises routines, and cool down activities as well as a healthy snack. This group is co-led by two occupational therapist.

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