early intervention • penguins therapeutic preschool programs
Therapeutic Play Groups are for children 3-6 years old who need extra support in peer and group situations.
These groups provide a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting a child’s individual needs and increasing their success within a typical preschool context. Groups consist of up to four children, are led by two staff, and receive push-in support from speech & language therapists, occupational therapists, and/or physical therapists.
Utilizing the DIRFloortime® Model
The groups incorporate aspects of the relationship-based model, DIR®, developed by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Weider, and the Therapeutic Playgroup, developed by Rebecca Shamon Shanook. This model emphasizes social and emotional development while utilizing a holistic focus addressing each child’s developmental differences in areas such as language, sensorimotor, and regulation.
Our goal is to foster success for overall developmental growth.
Navigating the demands of peer interaction and group experience in the Penguins supportive environment can ultimately help children be more successful in preschool or kindergarten settings.
The groups are offered in two-hour segments twice a week, during morning or afternoon sessions. We incorporate parent conferences, therapeutic referrals, collaboration with other providers and schools, or treatment plan guidance into the course of the program.
Interested in learning more about the Penguins Therapeutic Preschool Groups?
Please call 847.663.1020 ext. 153 to speak to one of out therapists.
Other clinical service, methods, and programs we often use in conjunction with our therapeutic preschool groups: