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Theraplayy Associates uses a team approach for children with language, social pragmatic and sensory motor challanges. Theraplayy Associates uses this approach for both School Age Children as well as Toddler Age Children.

Social Language and Motor Group Therapy for School Age Children


Through motivating sensory motor activities including art, music, drama and games that emphasize peer participation and cooperation, this uniquely combined Speech Language and Occupational Therapy Group promotes social interaction and motor skills. These groups are an alternative to traditional social langugage gropus for those children who also present with sensory motor deficits. Social communication will be facilitated through modeling of appropriate language and behaviors and use of social stories and visual cues while participating in a variety of challenging motor experiences.

Group Objectives:
The focus of our social motor groups is to improve social interaction and language skills, sensory processing skills, motor planning, sequencing and coordination. Children will participate in activities that will faciliate that following:

This group is for children who need to improve:
  1. Emotional and behavioral regulation in socially demanding situations
  2. Ability to successfully initiate conversation
  3. Ability to successfully maintain conversational topics
  4. Ability to successfully enter group discussion Ability to listen to others while not interrupting
  5. Ability to successfully shift topic
  6. Ability to successfully determine when communication breakdown occurs
  7. Ability to successfully repair communication breakdown
  8. Sportsmanship skills
  9. Ability to follow directions in a small group
  10. Social problem solving
  11. Demonstration and Interpreation of nonverbal communication
  12. Body awareness in relation to people and objects
  13. Awareness of each others actions
The goal of our social motor gropus is to increase your child's ability and confidence to communicate successfully, play and enjoy engaging with peers. Families are encouraged to facilitate their child's friendships outside of the therapeutic environment.

Social Language and Motor Group for Toddler Age Children


A team approach for children with langugage, social pragmatic and sensory motor challenges.

This combined Speech Language and Occupational Therapy group will facilitate social interaction and motor skills using motivating sensory motor activities, music, art and gross motor games that require participation and cooperation among peers. These groups are an alternative to traditional social language groups for those children who also present with sensory motor deficits. Children will be grouped based upon similar therapeutic needs. Social communication will be facilitated through modeling of appropriate language and behaviors and the use of social stories and visual cues where appropriate while participating in a variety of challenging motor experiences.

Group objectives:
  1. Improve social interaction and language skills, sensory processing skills, motor planning, sequencing and coordination. Children will participate in activities that will facilitate the following skills.
  2. Improved ability to participate appropriately in group activities with peers
  3. Improved ability to maintain emotional and behavioral regulation in socially demanding situations Improved ability to use language to sustain emotional and behavioral regulation
  4. Improved joint attentional skills
  5. Increased awareness of one's body in relation to people and objects.
  6. Increased awareness of each others actions
  7. Increased verbal and non-verbal imitation skills
  8. Improved nonverbal and verbal turn taking skills
  9. Improved use of appropriate verbal and nonverbal means of initiating, maintaining, and ending interactions
  10. Improved ability to follow directions in a small group
Social motor groups meet for 60 minutes weekly. Families are encouraged to facilitate their child's friendships outside of the therapeutic environment. The goal of our social motor groups is to increase your child's confidence and ability to sucessfully communicate, play and enjoy engaging with peers.