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. All group fees are non-refundable, as class sizes are dependent upon sign ups. Current COVID protocols from CDC/State of Illinois will be followed during classes. *As of 1/30/23: masks are not required.

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. Sibling can attend for an additional $50/session.

COST: $25/week + Registration/cleaning fee $25 = $225 for session. Payment below holds your spot in the group.

SPRING SESSION: March 19- May 21, 2023. No class 4/6/2023

GROUP MEETS: Thursdays at 9 AM

Sensory Explorers: An occupational therapy group focused on sensory regulation, exploration & calming strategies to maintain a "just-right" body.

Led by pediatric occupational therapist Mackenzie and developmental therapist/PLAY Project consultant Brenna, who will assist with peer-to-peer socialization while your child is regulated.

The goal of this 8-week group is to provide sensory experiences for 4-5 year olds that meet children where they are at developmentally, while providing social opportunities with peers. This group is facilitated by two experienced therapists who are well versed in regulation and helping children feel comfortable engaging with others! Each week we explore a different sense to encourage learning and development. Personalized feedback and materials will be provided for the family so carryover can take place at home, school, and in other group/social settings.

COST: $42/week = $350/session + Materials/Cleaning fee $50. Payment below holds your spot in group. Each group is limited to 5 participants.

OPTIONAL: Therapists leading the group will create a Summary Report with recommendations for home/classroom/daycare if desired. This is a 2-page summary of helpful sensory supports to assist your child with participating in activities, to share as you wish. This option comes with a 30 minute meeting to review the report and ask any questions as well. OPTIONAL COST: $100 for this service.

SPRING SESSION: March 14- May 2, 2023

GROUP MEETS: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 PM
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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 19 – May 21. No class 4/6/23. 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: 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!

An 8-week program for children age 4-5 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 60 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 with other local families

GROUP MEETS for 8 weeks March 14- May 9: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30. Caregivers must stay on the premises to support their child and learn helpful strategies. Children will separate from caregivers for the session; caregivers can socialize at our coffee bar in the lobby (we will also provide a few toys for siblings to play). Caregiver education is a key component of this program. 


OPTIONAL Summary Report available at close of session. This 2 page report will summarize your child’s participation in the class and provide helpful sensory strategies to increase their participation in activities. This report could be given to teachers in classrooms & daycares or utilized to help educate other caregivers about ways to help your child participate. This option includes a 30 minute Zoom meeting with Brenna and MacKenzie to review the report and discuss your child’s progress in Sensory Explorers. COST: $100 due at sign up