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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.

 Fall 2020 Group Programs

This fall we are offering a variety of group formats, including our usual full-sized groups (max 6 children), small groups (max 4 children) and virtual groups.  We are also offering some groups at our Durham location and some at our Cary location.  Please be sure to read the group descriptions carefully as you decide what to sign up for.  The format of each group has been determined based on a variety of factors, with keeping our families and staff safe at the forefront of that process.

Group formats are subject to change based on COVID-19 and possible changes in government and clinic polices.  If you have specific questions regarding this, please contact your child’s therapist or our director Brittni Winslow (brittni@emergepeds.com).

In-Person Groups:

Setting the Stage for Social Success

Mondays,  5:00-6:00pm
  • Location: Durham
  • In-Person, limited to 6 children
  • Ages 10-12 years old
  • Co-led by an OT and SLP
  • Group focuses on the development of social-cognitive skills through the use of drama and theater arts games and activities. 

 

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Social Sleuths

Mondays , 4:00-5:00pm
  • Location: Cary
  • In-Person, limited to 6 children
  • Ages 8-12 years old
  • Led by an OT and a SLP
  • Group focuses on the development of social-cognitive skills (such as conversation, perspective taking, and peer negotiation) through the use of Social Thinking and Zones of Regulation concepts.

 

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Girl Talk

Tuesdays,  4:00-5:00pm 
  • Location: Durham
  • In-person, limited to 6 children 
  • Ages 7-9 years old
  • Co-led by an OT and SLP 
  • Girl Talk encourages young girls to establish a positive self-concept and build skills required for successful friendships.

 

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Worker Bees

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm
  • Location: Durham
  • In-person, limited to 4 children 
  • Ages 4-6 years old
  • Led by 2 OTs
  • 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.

 

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Social Butterflies

Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00pm 

  • Location: Cary
  • In-person, limited to 6 children
  • Ages 4-6 years old
  • Led by an OT and SLP
  • This small group addresses social communication, perspective taking, turn-taking, and imaginative play skills.

 

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Adventure Squad  

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm 
  • Location: Durham
  • In-person, limited to 4 children 
  • Ages 5-8 years old
  • Co-led by 2 OTs
  • This project-based group follows the interests of group members to complete motivating projects and build executive function, social problem solving and cooperative skills.

 

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Senior Explorers

Wednesday, 3:00-4:00pm
  • Location: Cary
  • In-person, limited to 6 children 
  • Ages 7-10
  • Co-led by 2 OTs
  • This group focuses on developing self- regulation, communication, and social skills using sensorimotor activities, games, and concepts from the Zones of Regulation and Michelle Garcia’s Social Thinking Curricula.
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Virtual Groups:

Virtual group require a stable internet connection and adult support.  Sessions are best accessed on a computer screen to make screen sharing easier – though you can use any device accessible to you that will support Zoom.

 

Virtual Recess

Thursdays (released before lunch time)
  • Location: Virtual! Link delivered to your inbox 
  • All ages welcome!
  • Led by an OT
  • Come and join an Emerge Occupational Therapist as we help your child find creative ways to get movement into their daily life.  Each session, we will explore different types of movement, from circuit style workouts, to sports-themed workouts, yoga, and even some themed style workouts.
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Yoga and Mindfulness

Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
September 17th – October 22nd 
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)
  • Ages: 8-12
  • Led by an OT
  • Group focuses on the development of strategies to promote stress management and self-regulation as well as build gross motor skills
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Preschool Projects

Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00pm

Course 1: September 30th – October 21st

Course 2: October 28th – November 18th

  • Location: Virtual

  • Ages 3-5 years old

  • Children in Preschool Projects work on skills for early classroom success, including fine motor skills, early literacy skills, and following directions.

 

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Infant Massage

Fridays, 9:00 – 10:00 am
October 23rd – November 20th
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)
  • For parents with infants aged 0-12 months 
  • Led by an OT
  • Group focuses on the development of massage techniques to decrease stress, improve digestion, strengthen bonds, and help infant reach their developmental milestones!
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