Group Programming

Browse our group offerings to see if any program would be beneficial for your child.

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OT Time

Childhood has changed significantly since we were kids. Today, babies are born into a world that is fast paced and filled with modern conveniences. Over time the pace of life has steadily increased, and our brains and nervous systems were able to adjust slowly. Today babies are born into this fast-moving lifestyle and their brains and nervous systems can easily become flooded, like how adults may feel at Chucky Cheese! Babies did not come preprogrammed to be able to prioritize the onslaught of mental stimuli, however children are expected to magically possess this skill in school and life. This is a foundational skill imperative for academic achievement that is learned and developed through practice.

Modern conveniences, such as car seats with compatible strollers, bouncers, Bumbo seats etc. help parents adjust to modern, fast-paced life. However, these items tend to prevent our babies from exploring the world at their pace and ability. As an example, the infant click in car seat is helpful however it prevents babies from being carried and held, which is one of the most nourishing sensory activities parents can do to foster healthy brain development.  Babies now sleep on their backs, for safety reasons, and are spending more time in baby containers such as bouncers and activity stations. As a result, babies spend less time on the floor practicing tummy time. Floor time is imperative for developing strength, endurance, and sensory processing abilities, which lead to the achievement of developmental milestones and later skills required for handwriting, attention, academic success, and coordination for sports and play.  

OT Time provides your child with activities that directly promote achievement of these missing foundational skills. If a child does not obtain these skills it can lead to difficulties with learning, paying attention in school, socialization, body awareness, balance and coordination. Pediatric Village would love to help your child develop these foundational skills during our OT Time group at your child’s school. Groups are 30 minutes long and have a maximum of 4 children per group. Throughout the series, we will be communicating with you about the different activities we work on and why they are important. We look forward to working with your kids! If you are interested in offering OT Time in your Preschool or Daycare contact me at heather@pediatricvillage.com 

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How Does Your Engine Run?

The Alert Program for self regulation uses the analogy of an automobile engine to introduce its concepts of self regulation. "If your body is like a car engine sometimes it runs on high, sometimes it runs on low, and sometimes it runs just right. The Alert Program will give your child the tools to be able to identify their engine speed, know which activities are best to change their engine speed, and be able to complete this independently with visuals. This service is designed to be completed in the home environment but is able to be applied in the home or school environment. This program is designed for kids 8 and up to be independently successful however works well with the younger populations when parents and teachers are able to assist. To be successful in this program 5-8 sessions is usually needed to learn the principles and get the child, parents, and teachers set up to implement the program independently. The children will be given an engine picture board to help them identify their speed and a list of activities unique to their nervous system to help them self regulate. This content can be taught in the home, at school, or in a group setting.

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Handwriting Club

Does your child need help with handwriting and other fine motor skills? Look no further we offer in home handwriting services using the Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum. You want to get a jump start on your child’s handwriting abilities or are needing strategies and interventions for improvement, we are here to assist you. Please call to inquire about specialized handwriting services. 

Coming Soon: Get Set for Kindergarten Handwriting program