Group Offerings

Groups! A great way for kids to learn.

Group offerings run for 8 weeks. Payment in full due at registration. A $25-50 registration fee (depends on the group) covers materials and extra cost of COVID cleaning protocols. Current COVID protocols from CDC/State of Illinois will be followed during classes. *As of 3/18/22: masks are recommended but not required.

 

All summer groups run June 6- July 29. We can’t wait to see you!

Help My Toddler Talk: A Caregiver-Child Communication Group

A caregiver-child partnered approach that fosters natural connections that lead to effective communication. You will learn how to be your child’s language facilitator! Class meets once/week for 8 weeks, 60-minute sessions. One caregiver per child allowed due to space constraints.

COST: $25/week = $200 for session. Payment below holds your spot in the group.

GROUP MEETS: Tuesdays at 4:45PM or Thursdays at 9 AM

Speech Sprouts: A speech sound group for 3-5 year olds

Is your child’s speech difficult to understand? Would you like them to get some extra speech sound practice this summer, while socializing with their peers? Join us for an 8 week session for extra practice. Class meets once/week for 45 minutes.

COST: $30/week = $240. Payment below holds your spot in the group.

GROUP MEETS: Monday 3:00 - 3:45PM
Tuesday 9:30-10:15AM

Sensory Explorers: An occupational therapy group focused on sensory regulation

This is an 8 week program for children ages 3-5 with sensory processing differences. Led by pediatric occupational therapist Mackenzie Baldock and developmental therapist/PLAY Project consultant Brenna Thompson, both of whom specialize in using developmentally appropriate strategies to support children so they can learn new skills. Wondering if this class is appropriate for your child? Some characteristics of kids who benefit: easily frustrated with play, repetitive play, difficulty sitting/keeping still to engage in play, refuses to allow others to engage in play, unable to be messy, overly busy, quickly overwhelmed in a busy environment, picky eater, difficulty tolerating grooming/ dressing/diapering routines, struggles with transitions/following a group plan/routine. Class meets once/week for 75-minute sessions. Caregivers will be given personalized resources to promote carryover of skills into other settings. Parent participation is encouraged, but not required and is based upon the unique needs of the child/family. COST: $43/week = $350/session + Materials/Cleaning fee $50. Payment below holds your spot in group. Each group is limited to 5 participants. GROUP MEETS: Wednesdays 10:30-11:45 OR Thursdays 3:00-4:15. Individual 30-minute Open House appointments will be scheduled May 19th once the intake process is complete.

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Help My Toddler Talk: A Caregiver-Child Communication Group

A caregiver-child partnered approach that fosters natural connections that lead to effective communication. You will learn how to be your child’s main language facilitator! Class meets once/week for 8 weeks, 60-minute sessions, March 29- May 19. One caregiver per child is allowed at this time due to space constraints.

COST: $25/week = $200 for session. Payment below holds your spot in the group. A $25 cleaning/registration fee applies.

GROUP MEETS: Tuesdays at 4:45 PM; Thursdays at 9:00 AM

This group is led by an experienced Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologist!

Class is targeted to children 16-36 months of age, accompanied by their caregiver.

Does any of this sound familiar?

  • Are you concerned that your toddler is a “later developing talker”?
  • Is it hard to get their attention, and you can’t imagine how you are supposed to help them learn to talk?
  • Would your day go more smoothly if your child could communicate with you?
  • Are you missing peer interactions for your child AND yourself? (Pandemic isolation is NOT easy!)

 

What to expect:

  • 8 weeks of practical strategies you can apply in your everyday routines 
  • Peer socialization time
  • Strategy handouts given on a regular basis
  • Real time coaching and reflection in sessions
  • Community with other caregivers that share your struggles

 

Join us to learn how to best support your child’s communication development!

Speech Sprouts: A speech sound group for 3-5 year olds

Is your child’s speech difficult to understand? Would you like them to get some extra speech sound practice while socializing with their peers? Join us for an 8 week session for extra practice. Class meets once/week for 45 minutes.

COST: $30 per week = $240/session. Payment below holds your spot in the group.

GROUP MEETS: Next session starts January 12 and runs until March 2.

                              Wednesdays at 4:30 PM

What to expect:

  • Group is led by an experienced Shine Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Maximum of 3 children per group
  • Classes are themed around children’s literature
  • Peer socialization time facilitated by an SLP
  • Practice suggestions and handouts given on a regular basis
  • Building of vocabulary and practice answering questions
  • Class incorporates movement, songs and activities to maintain attention and expand on carryover

Join us to improve the clarity of your child’s speech!

An 8-week program for children age 3-5 with sensory processing differences

Children with sensory processing differences have difficulty with regulation, which sometimes makes it difficult for them to interact with the world around them. Our Sensory Explorers group targets regulation in order to build engagement! This group is led by pediatric occupational therapist Mackenzie Baldock and developmental therapist/PLAY Project Consultant Brenna Thompson, both of whom specialize in using developmentally appropriate strategies to support children so they can learn new skills. Group meets once/week for 75 minutes.

Wondering if this class is appropriate for your child? Some characteristics of kids who benefit: easily frustrated with play, repetitive play, difficulty sitting/keeping still to engage in play, refuses to allow others to engage in play, unable to be messy, overly busy, quickly overwhelmed in a busy environment, picky eater, difficulty tolerating grooming/dressing/diapering routines, struggles with transitions/following a group plan/routine. 

Goals of the group include:

  • Child participating in a variety of sensory play activities
  • Engaging socially with others in the group
  • Providing a non threatening environment where children can experience new sensations with the support of a pediatric
  • Occupational Therapist and PLAY Project consultant
  • Providing personalized resources to caregivers, so they better understand the sensory system and learn strategies to assist their child with regulation outside of group
  • Opportunity to meet other local families ~ have a cup of coffee together while your child attends the group! Space for socializing will be provided for interested caregivers while children are in session.
 

Each week will focus on a different sensory system: tactile, auditory, proprioceptive, vestibular, taste/smell and visual, with an introduction and closing week. This is a small group environment with a max of 5 children accepted per group.

Groups meet once/week for 75 minutes at our newly-remodeled Gathering Place location. We will begin with a 30-minute Open House appointment on May 19th (to be scheduled once paperwork is complete). At this 1:1 appointment, you and your child will meet group leaders, OT Mackenzie and PLAY Project consultant Brenna, explore the playgroup environment and discuss your child’s specific skills/goals. We can’t wait to meet you!!