Stay and Play
Stay and Play is an intensive, therapeutic group that targets social development, play skills, and expressive/receptive language in naturalistic settings with engagement, functional communications, play, and social interaction with peers. This program meets either two or three days a week for two hours each day. There are morning and afternoon groups available.
Stay and Play is an intensive, highly-structured therapeutic group designed for children that would benefit from skilled intervention to maximize the benefit of a classroom experience. This program focuses on the foundational skills needed for children to be successful in community, early learning centers, kindergarten and beyond.
Emphasis is placed on communication skills, social skills, sensory regulation, and play in a nurturing environment of highly trained therapists and assistants.
Stay and Play utilizes concepts from D.I.R. Floortime and Sensory Integration theory to provide activities and therapeutic approaches to meet the individualized needs and interests of each child. This program uses relationship based behavior and neurodivergent affirming interventions.
We value the home and school connection between our therapists and families. Each month families are invited to observe their child in group through our one way mirror! Group leaders will check in with family to provide explanation of strategies and group processes.
Our daily schedule follows a predictable routine while allowing for opputunities to practice flexibility. We utilize visuals and transition warnings to help children learn the schedule and prepare for what is coming next.
Here is our daily schedule:
Circle Time (Hello song, story, songs, and communication temptations).
Table Time 1: Art, Content, and/or Social Games
Sensory Room Time
OT Table Time: Fine Motor Practice, Handwriting Without Tears
Closing Circle Time
Stay and Play targets independence with adaptive skills that many children find difficult. Our trained occupational therapists and group facilitators provide intervention during group to address picky eating, self-feeding, open cup drinking, potty training, hand washing, brushing teeth, and putting shoes on and off! We value caregiver's perspective on setting specific goals for their child to address the areas that matter most to them!
Additionally, Stay and Play utilizes the following evidenced based curriculums during group: KinderMusik and Handwriting Without Tears!
The KinderMusik program engages toddlers' natural love of music and activates their imaginations. A wide range of learning opportunities boosts language skills, confidence, independence, social emotional skills, and self-control.
We teach the foundations of writing with the Handwriting Without Tears Program. The program starts with using blocks to learn about lines which allow children to learn how the various parts of letters are put together before moving on to actual practice on boards, handwriting worksheets and other materials.
Research shows that intense early intervention services from trained professionals provides major long-term positive effects on children and families.
Future development is based on the critical learning patterns developed during early childhood.
Stay and Play provides the children involved with meaningful opportunities to engage in a classroom environment with peers. Group facilitators provide insight to parents and community teachers to ease your child's transition to community pre-school or kindergarten!
Enrollment in Stay and Play is rolling. Children are eligible to start on his/her 3rd birthday pending openings. Children take part in an intake evaluation to determine abilities and areas for growth prior to starting in the program. This evaluation will help the team to establish treatment goals.
Children can be registered for 2-4 days per week. The cost is $40/day. This program is not reimbursable through insurance or medical assistance.