Social Language (Pragmatic) Group

Mondays

4:30-6:00 P.M.

group meets to improve social and pragmatic language skills for children ages 5-11. Social pragmatic language is involved whenever we are in the presence of another person even if we are not directly interacting with that person. Social pragmatic language consists of verbal communication (what one person says to another) and nonverbal communication(what a person’s face or body says without using words).  Understanding meaning during social interaction includes both verbal and nonverbal communication. Unfortunately, not everyone can easily master the skills needed in using and understanding social pragmatic language.  

The Social Pragmatic Language Therapy Groups at the Center For Communication have been created to help children develop socials skills and master social language. 

  • Target all levels of social skills from the perspective of social thinking

  • Teach skills explicitly and directly with opportunities for role-playing, peer interaction and generalization into the community

  • Help children to think about others and recognize the motivation or intent during an interaction

  • Have 2 to 8 children in each group

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

Art Exploration

Tuesday & Thursday

9:30 -11:00 A.M.

In this group you wil...

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

BrainWorks Group

Tuesday & Thursday

6:00-7:00 P.M. 

fun brain games that will stimulate your mind and keep your brain active. Invest the time keeping your brain healthy.

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

Community Communication Group

Friday 9--10:30 A.M. 

Livingston Ladies meets weekly each Friday morning and is facilitated by our occupational and speech-language pathologists with a goal to improve social interactions, organization, planning, and processing of environment stimuli in real world settings. As a group, the women will work together to plan and organize activities and events to pursue leisure activities around the Livingston county area.

Who should join?

Women of all ages who have survived a brain injury or other medical complications and would like to improve participation in a social setting. You do NOT have to be a current client at Galaxy Brain and

Therapy Center to participate.

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

Cooking Series

Friday 4--6:00 P.M. 

In this group you wil...

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

Feeding Group

July 25-27th 

10:00-2:00

During Feeding Group, children work with a Speech Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist while learning about new foods using the SOS Approach to Feeding.  Parents observe from behind the mirror with a Mental Health Therapist and also receive a didactic lesson during this time.  

Children With Feeding Challenges Have a Hard Time During Meals...

(The following is from a child's perspective) My ‘behavior problems’ come out because I don’t have the skills I need to eat like you. I am not trying to misbehave when I refuse certain foods, have bad manners, or don’t listen to you during meals. I’m just trying to avoid eating because it is too hard for me. Research shows that 1 out of 5 kids will struggle with eating at some point between birth and 7 years old. Unfortunately, only about half of us will grow out of our feeding challenges without help.

Feeding Group is for children who experience the following challenges:

  • I eat less than 20 different foods

  • I refuse to eat entire categories of food textures or nutrition groups (meats, vegetables, fruits) 

  • I Cry, Scream, Tantrum, or “fall apart” when new foods are presented or completely refuse

  • I almost always eat a different set of foods than my family; mealtimes are stressful for my family

  • I sometimes stop eating a food that I previously liked

  • I have been described as a “picky eater” at multiple well-child check-up

  • It is a closed activity group specifically for children who have a decreased food repertoire. The program provides individualized attention in a structured environment and includes a parental education component of the permission approach to food. By the end of the six-week session, group members will have participated (by visually interacting or tactile exploring) in the warm-up, two main activities, and closing of the food exploration activity for its entire duration. Parents will fill out a qualitative survey to track progress of food interaction. Supplies/Materials Used: Food items for recipe of the day brag plates for each child to take home and tell parent what they accomplished during the group, handouts for parents.

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

Summer Camp

July 25-27th 

10:00-2:00

2-week, intensive therapy program for children between ages 3-6 to boost speech and language skills.  Reader’s Theater is a 2-week, intensive therapy program for children between ages 5-11 to improve academic language skills, particularly reading and writing.  Both programs have 2 sessions that meet Monday-Thursday for a total of 8 days.  The first session runs from June 4th -14th and the second session runs from June 18th- 28th.

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

Winter Camp

Dec. 30-Jan. 3

10:00-2:00

The Center For Communication Summer Programs are designed and facilitated by our experienced speech-language pathologists offering students the opportunity to build and strengthen reading, language, and communication skills based on the needs of the individual student.  Studies show that students who have the opportunity to learn and practice skills without the pressures of school and activities can improve their language skills dramatically.

We will be offering summer programs for the following services:

  • research-based reading instruction

  • written language

  • social language skills

  • articulation/speech sound production

  • language understanding and use

  • low and high technology augmentative alternate communication skills (AAC)

  • Various other assessment and intervention services

 
All Center For Communication Summer Programs require an initial evaluation or consultation
of current skills before enrollment, ensuring students are placed in the most appropriate program.
 
Some insurance plans may cover these summer therapy programs. We also offer private-pay options for these summer programs. 

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

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