Pay it Forward – Winter/Spring 2020
Building executive functioning, social awareness and confidence
through project-based activities with a theme of giving to others
Ages 5-8 years
This is a project-based group, with a focus on projects benefiting others or the community. Children will have the opportunity to work on skills related to executive functioning, self-regulation, social interaction, planning, and self-concept. Example projects may include: sharing kind words with others through encouraging cards, assembling buddy bags for unsheltered neighbors, making toys for animals at the shelter, tying blankets for children in the hospital, etc. Children build skills as well as a feeling of competence and confidence knowing they can help others (even if they need help sometimes, too!). This group will be co-led by an occupational therapist and a speech language therapist and limited to six children.
- Understanding and applying concepts of Social Thinking curricula (e.g. Following the group plan, keep your body in the group)
- Problem solving within a group context
- Executive functioning skills related to planning, praxis, sequencing and organization
- Tolerating challenges during project-based activities
- Cooperative play, teamwork, and peer negotiation
When:Tuesdays, January 14th – June 2nd (No group the week of April 13th)
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Cost: $100 per session
To register, submit an electronic form.
Children are expected to attend every session (barring illness), as the sessions build on each other and group dynamics are an important component. These services are billed as Occupational and/or Speech Therapy services and many parents receive partial reimbursement from their insurance companies.
If your child is not attending therapy sessions at Emerge, we will be in touch with you to set up a brief free screening to determine if this program is a good match for your child.