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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.

  2020 Winter/Spring Group Programs

Setting the Stage for Social Success 

A small group therapy program focused on the development of social-cognitive skills through the use of drama and theater arts games and activities.  The group will focus on developing foundational social skills, such as establishing and maintaining friendships, recognizing and coping with emotions, dealing with changes in routine, as well as understanding non-verbal and non-literal language. The group is co-led by an occupational therapist and a speech therapist, and will be limited to six children in order to provide individualized attention

For children ages 10-12

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Social Sleuths

A small group that focuses on the development of communication, 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-language pathologist and an occupational therapist, and will be limited to six children in order to provide individualized attention.

For children ages 7-10

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Food Scientists

A small group that focuses on the development of feeding skills based on the SOS – Sequential Oral Sensory Method Approach to Feeding.  The group will follow strategies in the upward adaption of the SOS Method for school-age children.  Skills with food will be developed through fun and engaging group activities, in a supportive and nurturing environment.  The group is co-led by a speech-language pathologist and an occupational therapist (trained in the SOS Method) and will be limited to six children in order to provide individualized attention.

For children ages 7-11

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Pay it Forward

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. This group will be co-led by an occupational therapist and a speech-language therapist and will be limited to six children.  

For children ages 5-8 

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Mindfulness

A small group that empowers children to use the tools of mindful breath and movement to boost mood, reduce stress, improve their ability to sustain attention, and appropriately maintain self-regulation. Mindfulness will be led by two occupational therapists and limited to six children.

For children 6 thru age 9

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Storytellers

This is a group targeting fine motor skills, handwriting and organization of composition for older kids (who are beyond the stage of letter formation). Skills targeted will include ideation, sequencing, and written composition and are flexible to change depending on the needs of the group members.  This group will be co-led by one occupational therapist and one speech-language therapist.  The group will be limited to 6 children.

For children 7 thru age 10

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Worker Bees

Worker Bees is a construction-themed, therapeutic small-group that provides structured sensory input to support children’s ability to sustain attention, and appropriately maintain self-regulation. In addition to the provision of supportive sensory-input, children will learn ways to identify their own regulatory state, and practice implementing sensory-based calming strategies within a social context. This group will be led by two occupational therapists and will be limited to 6 children.

For children 4 thru age 7

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