Pediatric Therapies offers various group opportunities throughout the year in a fun, interactive environment, where each individual child’s needs are still served. Playing and learning with other children in a supportive and fun environment can strengthen needed social skills, group play and stretch them to try new things that are being modeled by their peers.
We carefully screen each child when building our groups to be certain group members are compatible and to better understand each family’s goals. It is important to us that each child enrolled realizes success from their group experience, and our screening process helps to ensure that.
A key component of our groups includes parent observation. So that you know how to follow through at home and elsewhere, we strongly encourage our families to observe each group session. Additionally, a lead therapist from your child’s group will meet with all parents following each session to review key elements of that session, discuss how you can reinforce concepts at home, and provide you with take home materials to use throughout the week.
Take a look below at some of our more popular groups.
This summer Pediatric Therapies is offering a wide variety of groups that will be led by licensed therapists! Each group is $325 with a $50 deposit due at registration. See below for group details. Please call our front office at 615-377-1623 for more information and/or to register today!
Friends Group- 4-6 year olds
Join us for a play-based group that will focus on turn taking, conversational skills, and building friendships while engaging in fun and meaningful activities! In addition, parents will learn a great deal about how to facilitate and support skills learned across all social environments.
When: Tuesday through Friday, July 9th- 12th, 12:30-1:45pm
Friends Group- 7-9 year olds
Through a variety of directed teaching, motor and sensory activities, participants will develop important friendship skills. The group will focus on establishing common interests, respecting others, including others, empathy, supporting one another, initiating and maintaining a conversation, and making the right choices. In addition, parents will learn how to facilitate and support skills learned across all social environments.
When: Tuesday through Friday, July 16th-19th, 12:30-1:45pm
Zones Toolbox for 4-7 year olds
Just as we need tools to build a house, cook a meal or plant a garden, we need tools to help us stay regulated! Now that your child has been introduced to the Zones concepts, he/she needs to fill their toolbox with sensory tools they can use in any environment to stay calm. Participants will also learn cognitive strategies that help them determine which tools to use and when. Your child will create an actual toolbox, and you will learn how to continually add to it so that the whole family is working together towards better regulation!
Qualification: Your child must have a previous knowledge of the Zones of Regulation curriculum
When: Tuesday through Friday, June 11th-14th, 12:30-1:45pm
Kindergarten Readiness for 5-6 year olds
Join us as we focus on building the fine motor, regulation and social/emotional skills needed for beginning kindergarten. Participants will also learn the “school rules” needed to be successful in the classroom and address routine tasks such as circle time, waiting in line and working independently.
When: Monday through Thursday, June 17th-20th, 12:30-1:45 pm
When: Monday through Thursday, June 22nd-25th, 12:30-1:45pm
Food Explorers – 3-5 year olds
Your child will become a Food Explorer! This play-based group incorporates sensory motor play to promote regulation prior to practicing oral motor skills, playful activities exploring food through the senses, and appropriate use of social behaviors during mealtime. Our goal is to to encourage participants to try new foods and expand their willingness to add to their repertoire! This group is for parents, too, as you will learn how to partner with your child and encourage application of your child’s new found skills at home and elsewhere.
When: Tuesday through Friday, June 4th-7th, 12:30-1:45pm
Brain Boosters – 10-12 year olds
Join us as we focus on building foundational skills in executive functioning, including planning, organization, time management, and more! Participants will engage in fun games, discussions, and team-building tasks to help promote higher-level thinking that could translate to their performance in school and household tasks. Participants will also learn cognitive strategies that will help them improve how they approach and complete their tasks.
When: Monday through Friday, June 24th-28th, 12:30-1:45pm
AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) Group- Emerging AAC Users
Join us for a play-based group that will focus on using augmentative or alternative communication devices (AAC) to build functional communication skills for social interaction with peers. In addition, parents will learn how to facilitate AAC use across a variety of social environments.
When: Monday through Wednesday, plus Friday, July 15th-17th and the 19th, 12:15-1:30pm
Social Skills & Play Groups
These groups focus on the skills needed for social success, play and relationship-building with peers. While it seems simple for most of us to get along with others, social skills do not always come easily for every child. Key concepts focused on in these groups include monitoring personal space, staying with the group, self-regulating body and voice, exercising flexible thinking, working with distractions, sharing, compromising, working as a team, and more. Groups are available for all age ranges.
Zones of Regulation Groups
Every activity we engage in requires a certain level of regulation. Sometimes it’s ok to be silly or frustrated and less regulated. Sometimes it’s necessary to be very well-regulated as when sitting in school or at church. In our regulation groups, children learn about the many zones of regulation (from The Zones of Regulation by Leah M. Kuypers, MA, Ed, OTR/L)…and that every zone is ok…sometimes. It’s when, where and how you express your emotions that can become problematic. Children learn that there is a time to be in the red zone (hurt myself, broke an irreplaceable toy, etc.), a time to be in the yellow zone (playing at the park, horsing around with Dad after dinner, etc.), a time to be in the green zone (sitting at your desk in school, riding in the car, etc.) and a time to be in the blue zone (when you’re sick or tired, etc.). Children become familiar with the emotions connected to each zone and when and where those zones are most appropriate. They learn the difference between tiny and earthquake problems, the difference between expected and unexpected behavior, and the tools they can use to help them get back to or stay in the green zone if needed. These concepts are presented through age appropriate, fun and interactive activities that support their understanding and use of these strategies. Parents are strongly encouraged to observe each session so as to build confidence in guiding their children in applying these strategies in everyday life.
Eating is such a social activity, bringing joy to most of us. However, some children are extremely picky, or worse, problem feeders. Mealtime can be a genuine source of anxiety for them, and frustration and concern for you. When eating is a problem for your child, we understand it’s the entire family that suffers. Our feeding groups are built on the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding. We build skills on a hierarchy that is doable by your child. We bust myths about feeding such as it’s not ok to play with your food, or every child will eat if they’re hungry. Through exposure, exploration, play and modeling, at a pace that’s comfortable for your child, we rebuild your child’s joy of food and eating. This is a group where we require parental observation. It is critical that you learn the techniques and strategies through observation and education by the leading therapists for carryover outside of the group sessions.
Despite the pervasiveness of technology, our children still need to learn to write legibly. There are many reasons why children have difficulty with handwriting and we understand the lifelong struggle it can be when they develop bad habits early on. Our handwriting groups focus on both printing as well as on cursive using a variety of strategies depending on the need of the group.
Yoga can be beneficial to a wide variety of children for a wide variety of reasons including to build motor ability, improve balance, endurance and strength, improve spatial and body awareness, increase flexibility, improve postural alignment, increase circulation and respiration, reduce anxiety, and improve self-confidence, self-esteem and concentration. Our specially trained therapist in Yoga for the Special Child designs each yoga group specifically for the children enrolled in each group based on their specific needs.
All of our groups are individually designed from multiple curricula and carefully modified to meet the needs of each particular group based on our screening results. Because we strive to meet the needs of each participant, we sometimes build a custom group around the specific needs of one or more children. If you have a particular need for your child which you believe would be best met in a group setting, please talk to us. It is likely your child is not alone and that there are other children who would benefit from a similar group, which we can uniquely design.