Winter 2017 Early Childhood Groups Ages 3-6 Fridays: January 6, 2017 - February 24, 2017 from 9:00-11:15 Saturdays: January 7, 2017 - February 25, 2017 1:00-3:15
Bringing Therapy Home offers fun, age-appropriate, interactive groups utilizing research-based curriculum.
Groups are designed for children ages 3 through 6 years old – this includes all children –typically developing children and children with needs (speech, language, fine motor, gross motor, or cognitive delays).
We utilize a visual schedule, movement, objects to represent vocabulary and concepts, visuals, step-by-step communicators, and a communication device so that all children, regardless of their developmental level, can participate.
We offer groups on Friday mornings or Saturday afternoons. Each class is 60 minutes and last for 8 weeks. Bringing Therapy Home's Winter groups on Fridays begin January 6, 2017 and occur every Friday through February 24, 2017 . Bringing Therapy Home's Saturday groups start on January 7, 2017 and occur every Saturday through February 25, 2017.
Class size is limited to 12 children.
The total cost for the 8 week group session is $180 ($360 for both group sessions).
Your child may enroll in more than one group.
Snacks are provided for children that are registered in more than one class and dietary restrictions are honored.
Two weeks prior to the start of the group, you will be contacted by one of the facilitators to discuss your child’s strengths and specific needs of your child. This information will be utilized to plan and develop the activities used for the group sessions. You do not need to receive current services from Bringing Therapy Home to register for the group classes. Group classes are open to the community.
The Friday group sessions are led by Marena Mitchell, a speech-language pathologist, Sarah Eller, an occupational therapist, Mary Maxey, an early childhood special education teacher and Emilyjane Eichman, a board certified music therapist.
The Saturday group sessions are led by Marena Mitchell, a speech-language pathologist, and Sarah Eller, an occupational therapist.
If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or receives services from an outside provider, please let us know what your child's goals are and we can embed the goals into the group activities.
To enroll your child in a group, please complete the registration form, located at the bottom of the page. Once the registration form has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required with your registration (the amount will be applied toward the class fee; however, if you cancel your child's registration, the deposit is forfeited). Each child's rate is $180 for one 8 week group session and/or $360 for both 8 week group sessions. Missed class sessions are not reimbursed. Once classes begin, refunds are not issued.
Payments can be made by cash, check (Bringing Therapy Home, 13469 Switzer Road, Overland Park, KS 66213) or using a credit card at our center. Once payment has been received, you will be emailed a receipt.
If you need to set up a payment plan, please contact Bringing Therapy Home. We want your child/family to receive the support they need and offer payment plans if needed.
If you have questions regarding the group classes offered, please contact Bringing Therapy Home.
In, "Time to Play," your child will interact with activities that encourage them to take on different roles each week. Each theme will last two weeks. Throughout the 8 week group session, we have different themes (fire station, construction, doctor, and dentist). The kids will take turns taking on different roles in the play areas.
Each session begins with music and movement, followed by a large, interactive group activity to introduce the targeted skill and then the children participate in small groups. Visuals and adapted stories are utilized to teach the concepts. Each week, your child will also participate in activities that will increase their understanding of the main concept. For example, we may sort items we would find at each restaurant, sequence the events of what we would do at each place, or learn scripts of what we can say, etc.
Skills such as role playing, sequencing, positional concepts, vocabulary, making associations, increasing use of spontaneous language, increasing the length and complexity of their language, answering questions, asking questions, expanding on language using descriptive words, verbal turn-taking, and responding to peers using age-appropriate language will be targeted (lessons are created based on the needs of the group).
In, "Becoming Friends" your child will develop and expand on their social skills while interacting with others. Each session begins with music and movement, followed by a large, interactive group activity to introduce the targeted skill and then the children participate in small groups. Visuals and social stories are utilized to teach the social skill concepts.
Your child will participate in role playing, working together with partners, and individual tasks to have an opportunity to improve their ability to use the strategy targeted for the week. Skills may include looking toward the person talking to you, turn-taking, using words to describe feelings, sharing, using an appropriate volume level, responding to unexpected events, appropriate behavior when with others, defending possessions appropriately, asking questions to peers, answering questions, commenting, expressing thoughts, and joining peers already playing.
Following the large group activity, the children will be divided into 3 groups (often 4 kids each) and rotate through stations. Stations often include specific toys that will elicit the targeted skill (e.g. saying, "I don't like that" when a friend takes a toy they were playing with). The children will have the opportunity to use the skill in a small group setting, having numerous opportunities to use the targeted skill.