Group therapy offers opportunities for kids to generalize the skills they have learned with their therapists individually in a peer setting. Participation in all groups is by therapist invitation only so therapists can match children appropriately.
"ACCT" Group is a small group opportunity for elementary-aged children who are learning to interact appropriately with peers, combine language and movement during activities, be creative and attend during play, tell a cohesive story, and expand language. Over the course of several weeks, participants work together to complete each step of the production process, including costume creation, set design, and memorization of songs and script. The group culminates in a fun performance for family and friends. Groups consist of around five age/skill-matched children and are led by speech and occupational therapists.
“Food School” is a feeding group for children 3-6 years old who are learning to have positive experiences with food, follow a mealtime routine, and try a variety of new foods at their own pace. This group is for young children who respond well to imaginary play because the sessions are a fun, play-based introduction to food exploration with peers using the S.O.S (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding curriculum. Groups consist of around five age/skill-matched children and are led by speech and occupational therapists. Parent education is included in each group session, and parent/caregiver participation is strongly encouraged to maximize the child’s progress.
“Food Science” is a feeding group for children 7-11 years old who are learning to have positive experiences with food; explain the taste, smell, and texture of food; try a variety of new foods at their own pace; participate in meal preparation; and increase knowledge of nutrition concepts. This group is for older children who have higher-level thinking skills and respond well to more direct teaching methods to change their beliefs and perceptions about food. This group uses an adaptation of the S.O.S (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding curriculum. Groups consist of around five age/skill-matched children and are led by speech and occupational therapists. Handouts are provided for parent/caregiver carry-over at home.
"PALS" Group is a small group opportunity for elementary and middle school children who are learning to use augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) devices to communicate, interact with peers, and be more independent in the community. AAC devices are electronic or non-electronic aids that support or replace verbal communication. This group typically runs for several weeks during the summer and includes a variety of fun and functional community outings such as interactive visits to restaurants, bowling alleys, the zoo, and more. Groups consist of around four age/skill-matched children and are led by speech and occupational therapists. There is a small participation cost for this group to cover the expense of the outings.
“Play Group” is a semi-structured play group focused on physical movement, social skills, regulation, speech and language, and occasionally fine motor play. The age range of the children varies widely, but children are matched based on cognitive, physical, and overall developmental abilities. Participation in this group is by therapist invitation only due to needing to match children appropriately. The group meets in the clinic through the cold winter months, but spends our time once it warms up outside at a local park. We also take field trip adventures to places like the Alaska Zoo, Campbell Creek Science Center, and local pools.
“Recess Group” is designed to provide pre-teens and teens the opportunity to work on skills needed for sports and team activities. Physical and Occupational therapists will provide interventions to develop coordination, endurance, and social skills while working collaboratively with peers. Recess group will take place in the clinic and outside environments as weather allows. A variety of team sports and team building activities will be done over the course of each session.
"STEM Superstars" is a small group for older children who are working on building and strengthening language, critical thinking, and teamwork skills. The sessions consist of mini educational lessons and fun, hands-on experiments inspired by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts. Participants will practice the application of using new knowledge combined with personal experience to make predictions, conduct experiments, and gather and analyze data all while working cooperatively in pairs. The group consists of around four age/skill-matched children and is led by speech or occupational therapists. There is a small participation cost for this group to cover the expense of materials.
“Superflex Group” moves away from teaching rules-based social skills and teaches children to think socially, which is not commonly taught in schools. This paradigm shift requires focused attention on each child, so groups are only open to 4-5 children in order to provide time for real time problem solving and structured learning. Your child will be learning to think about others through the use of the Superflex Curriculum developed by Michelle Garcia-Winner and Social Thinking (www.socialthinking.com). The curriculum uses a cartoon character, super-hero theme to bring kids through different scenarios that involve using their brains and controlling their bodies to think of others and think through any number of scenarios they may encounter in their daily lives. Working with same-aged peers in a cooperative and collaborate environment creates real-time scenarios. Parent education is integrated into each session and parent follow-through is highly encouraged.
“We Thinkers” is a small group opportunity for preschool and early elementary learners who are learning about their social world. This group lays a foundation for social thinking, which is the ability to adapt to a situation appropriately based on how you influence others’ thoughts and feelings. The group uses storybooks, music, dramatic play, and group activities to promote social thinking and learning. We learn about topics like identifying thoughts and feelings, following a group plan, using one's eyes to make a smart guess about others, keeping one's body in the group, and listening with one's whole body. Groups run for 10-11 weeks, consist of around three age/skill-matched children, and are led by speech and occupational therapists. Handouts are provided after each each session to reinforce concepts and new skills at home.
6927 Old Seward Hwy Suite 100
Anchorage, Alaska 99518