We offer a variety of group classes to best meet your child’s needs. Some classes target a specific set of skills, others focus on moving previous successes from a individual to a group format. The structure of each program varies, but the one thing they have in common is motivating environment for children to learn.
Sensory Integration Class
Small group Sensory Integration classes offer children the opportunity to learn new skills while having a successful group experience. The classes, led by and occupational therapist and a special educator, work on an array of sensory integration skills to build muscle tone, improve motor planning skills and coordination. Our sensory integration curriculum utilizes strategies that help children to regulate behavior, build peer relationships and follow the class routine. Contact Us
Does your child complain when asked to write? Does his or her teacher report messy writing or the need for extra time to complete assignments? Many different skills are required when writing. A child must display solid core strength and stability, have a good grip on their pencil and use appropriate pencil pressure. Good visual motor skills will help to produce proper letter alignment, size and spacing and allow for gaze shifting between their paper and what they are copying. Without these basic skills, handwriting may become illegible, inefficient, and laborious. This class, led by an occupational therapist, offers a small group setting where children can develop new skills in a supportive environment. Contact Us
In this class, geared for children eight years and up, participants learn to analyze how their own engine is “revving” and what they need to do to get their engine to the “just right place” for learning, play and social interaction. Through a curriculum of exercises teaching “engine” language and concepts, children learn to analyze their own “engine” levels and develop personal strategies for better listening, attention, sitting still, following directions, acting appropriate in social situations and controlling frustration levels. Acquiring these skills help children to take responsibility for their own behavior and provide guidance to transfer these skills to different settings. Contact Us
Social skills are an important aspect of a child’s life. They help a child to make friends, join into groups of peers for play and learn to communicate effectively. When children have difficulty with their social skills, they may be seen playing alone, getting into arguments with their peers or appear to be aggressive secondary to difficulties knowing how to act in specific situations. Our social skills class uses sensory strategies to engage children in motivating activities to promote social interaction. The class structure is constantly changing as it is tailored to the specific needs of the group. Contact Us
Fine Motor Group
Fine motor is the ability to utilize the small muscles of our hands to complete tasks such as opening containers, holding a marker, buttoning, zippering and playing with small manipulatives. Weaknesses in fine motor skills can affect a child’s ability to self-feed, write legibly, use a computer, turn pages in a book, and perform personal care tasks such as dressing and self-care. This class covers a broad curriculum aimed to develop a strong foundation for functional fine motor skills. Contact Us
The play partners session allows the child who is ready to begin peer social interaction and play, but not quite ready to participate in a group, to partner up with an appropriate peer. The session incorporates sensory integration activities to enhance motivation and increase the children’s emotional availability for shared play and turn taking opportunities. Contact Us
What Our Patients Say
My son’s occupational therapist has been a tremendous resource to our family. She has helped us to have a better understanding of our son’s challenges, and more importantly, has helped empower us as parents with ways that we can better help our son.
– J. Marcus