TheraPlay: Social Language Playgroups

TheraPlay is a social language group that focuses on building language skills through social interactions between peers.  We target your child’s individual needs with a multi-disciplinary curriculum in a small group setting.  The program is highly structured with an array of carefully planned activities targeting social skills, speech and language development, pre-academic, fine and gross motor skills.  Goals are continually modified, moving children up the developmental ladder to achieve integration and functional success of skills in the child’s most natural environment.  Our teacher to child ratio is 1:3 with a maximum capacity of six children per group.

TheraPlay revolves around a consistent routine, including child-directed play time using focused language strategies, art, sensory exploration, gross motor movement, songs and snack time.  TheraPlay helps promote communication, language, motor and social-emotional development through playing, singing, and social interaction.   These activities are designed to be fun while building vocabulary, developing important concepts, and providing more opportunities for your child to talk with peers and caregivers.

This group is appropriate for children as a bridge for phasing out of individual therapy, as a prerequisite to individual sessions, and/or those children who will benefit from a small, structured group learning environment.

Groups may be funded by Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC) for children under age three and many insurance plans.

Participants will:

• Experience positive social experiences

• Strengthen communication skills

• Expand play skills

• Develop problem solving skills

• Increase flexibility and attention

• Increase peer awareness and empathy

Our son Jack has benefitted tremendously from his time in TheraPlay.  He is also enrolled in individual sessions and TheraPlay gives him an opportunity to practice his skills with same age peers. Our group leader knew when to jump in or when to allow him to work through getting his message across.

-Sara L, mom to Jack