Groups can enhance social interactions, allow people to express themselves in front of others without feeling judged, model healthy behaviors, learn from each other, and encourage people to develop an understanding, through observation of how adverse past experience may have impacted on their current feelings

Social Language (Pragmatic) Group

TBD

This group is facilitated by our speech-language pathologists, with 2-6 kids in each group. It meets weekly 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). Unfortunately, not everyone can easily master the skills needed in using and understanding social pragmatic language. Goals for the group include:

  • 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.

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

Preschool Group

Tuesdays and Thursdays

5:00 -6:00 P.M.

This group addresses speech, language and cognitive needs for children ages 2-4 years, as research shows early intervention often leads to better learning outcomes. Birth to 5 is a critical learning phase, so come join our skilled speech-language pathologists for this interactive group! Goals for the group include skills for:

  • Identifying colors and numbers

  • Recognizing & naming basic shapes

  • Sorting items by size, color, or shape

  • Identifying letter sounds

  • Recognizing letters of the alphabet

  • Increasing vocabulary

  • Ask and answer questions

  • Play and social skills

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

BrainWorks Group

Wednesdays 11:30 A.M.- 12 P.M. at Hamburg Senior Center

Come enjoy brain games that will stimulate your mind and keep your brain active! Activities focus on integrating the left and right sides of the brain and body with exercise, vision, rhythm, vestibular and auditory processing to improve social interactions, memory, sequencing, attention, verbal reasoning, and overall quality of life! Invest the time keeping your brain healthy!

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

Community Communication Group

TBD

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

Who should join?

Individuals, ages 30-65, who have survived a brain injury or other medical complications and would like to improve participation in a social setting. 

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

Pediatric Literacy Group

Monday 5-6 P.M. 

This group is facilitated by our speech-language pathologists, with 2-6 kids in each group. It meets weekly for themed sessions to improve speech, language, and pragmatic language skills for children ages 4-8. Goals for the group include:

·      Phonological awareness skills (letter recognition, rhyming, sound blending, letter identification

·      Produce various sounds

·      Increase vocabulary inventory

·      Make connections through reading and interactive activities related to the story

·      Enhance social communication with other children through discussion

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

Feeding Group

TBD

During this 45-minute group, participants work with a speech-pathologist while learning about new foods using the SOS Approach to Feeding. Parents are welcome to observe the session and receive education and feedback following session. 

Feeding group is for children who experience the following challenges:

  • Eat less than 20 different foods

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

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

  • Almost always eat a different set of foods than the family

  • Sometimes stop eating a food that had previously liked

  • Have been described as a “picky eater”

  • 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. 

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

COPE Group
(Changes, orientation, person-centered, emotions)

Virtual Meeting (via Zoom) TBD

A small group (4-5 individuals) that meets 1x/week for 4 consecutive weeks, led by an ABA therapist and speech-language pathologist, for survivors of TBI, concussion, stroke, etc. who may experience depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc., to provide strategies to reduce stress, improve outlook, cope with loss, strengthen social connections, develop interpersonal skills, and be mindful.

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

Winter Camp

Jan. 3-6, 2023

9-11 A.M.

$400

This program is designed for children 5-8 years of age and facilitated by our experienced speech-language pathologists. It offers participants the opportunity to build and strengthen literacy, speech, language, and social communication skills through interactive activities. 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. This 4-day camp will include interactive activities that address the following skills:

·       Research-based reading instruction & literacy skills

·       Written language

·       Social language skills

·       Articulation/speech sound production

·       Language understanding and use

·       Executive functioning skills and strategies

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.

Summer Camp

August 8th-11th

9-11 A.M.

12-2 P.M.

$200

This is a 4-day, intensive therapy camp meets for 2 hours per day Monday- Thursday, with the earlier session geared for children between ages 2-5 and the afternoon session between ages 6-11. The group is facilitated by a speech-language pathologist and speech-language pathology assistant with individual and small group activities working on skills for articulation, language, fluency, social communication, and literacy skills. Sessions will incorporate the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory approach to phonics, as well as Jan Norris’ “Phonic Faces.” It is a great way for children to keep up with essential communication skills during the summer!

Teamwork. Acceptance. Support. Social Skills. Friendships.