Therapeutic Group Programs

What does it mean to be part of a community?

It’s building meaningful and lasting relationships and having the self-confidence to authentically navigate daily life. Every one of us deserves the chance to be an active and valued part of our community in a way that works best for us. Our therapeutic group programs provide opportunities to develop positive self-identity, authentic relationships, and more in small group settings.

Groups are inclusive and age-matched. While designed and led by our  therapists, our clubs are NOT individualized therapy. They provide a safe environment and activities designed to explore social interaction, with a knowledgable professional ensuring the safety of participants. When needed, we also assist participants in navigating conflicts in respectful ways. Our neuro-affirming group programs do NOT “teach” social skills. Rather, they provide opportunities to explore a variety of ways to interact with others while learning about boundaries, safety, and respect for differences. They provide an environment in which new friendships are created and our community is strengthened. Throughout the group sessions, our therapists also incorporate activities to facilitate development of fine motor, gross motor, regulation, and communication skills.

Groups are called “clubs” and feature rolling enrollment, with no set start/end dates. Register for one session to try it out, or register for a package of 5 sessions and pick the dates that work best for you.

What you need to know:

  • Registration deadline for each week is 48 hours before the group time.
  • Payment will be collected at the time of registration. If you need to cancel, you will receive a full refund if canceling 48 hours before that session, but no refund if canceling with less than 48 hours’ notice. Alternatively, you are able to reschedule for a different date at no cost.
  • If there are not enough participants to hold a group by the registration deadline, we will notify anyone who has signed up for that date and they will be able to select a different week at no cost.
  • There is no limit to how many sessions your child may register for, as long as they still meet the age criteria for the group. Limit of one package per child purchased at the sale price. 
  • In addition to groups for children, we have added a parent coaching group specifically designed to support parents of neurodivergent children.

We plan to add more groups to our schedule as time allows, and dependent on feedback from clients. Let us know if there is a group you’d like to see, or if you have questions about the club format. To share your feedback, contact us. 

Food Explorers

This group meets monthly and is specially designed for children who are hesitant with novel food. This group is led by an occupational therapist with advanced training in feeding challenges utilizing an affirming, responsive approach. Participants will explore new foods in a pressure-free, small group environment. Parents are welcome to join the session to learn how to present food in ways that decrease pressure and increase children’s confidence interacting with the novel food. Price includes cost of all food supplies. Please be sure to inform us of any allergies.

Additional sessions may be added according to interest.

Ages: 4-6 years old

Group size: 3 children.

Program day and time: First Tuesday of the month, 5-6 pm

Cost: Single session:$40
          Package of 5 sessions:$175

Play Pals

This group meets twice monthly and is designed to provide a neurodiversity-affirming small group environment to explore socialization. Led by an occupational therapist trained in DIR Floortime and trauma-informed care, this group incorporates gross motor, fine motor, and sensory play activities according to the interests and needs of the participants. Development of parallel play and/or cooperative play skills will be encouraged throughout.

Ages: 4-5 years old

Group size: 3 children.

Program day and time:  Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month 5-6 pm

Cost: Single session:$35

          Package of 5 sessions:$150

Self-Regulation Superstars

This group is specifically designed to assist with recognizing and regulating emotions in a small group format. Led by an occupational therapist, this program utilizes principles of Kelly Mahler’s Interoception Curriculum to help children make sense of their body signals and big feelings. Incorporating gross motor and sensory play promotes regulation while also providing a chance to explore socialization. Led by an occupational therapist trained in DIR Floortime, trauma-informed care, and the Interoception Curriculum. 

Ages: 5-7 years old

Group size: 3 children.

Program day and time: Saturdays 10:30-11:30 am

Cost: Single session:$35

          Package of 5 sessions:$150

Social Adventurers

For children ages 7-9 years, this group is designed to provide a neurodiversity-affirming small group environment to explore socialization. Led by an occupational therapist trained in DIR Floortime and trauma-informed care, this group incorporates gross motor, fine motor, and sensory play activities according to the interests and needs of the participants. 

Ages: 7-9 years old

Group size: 3 children.

Program day and time: Saturdays 9:00am – 10:00 am 

Cost: Single session:$35

          Package of 5 sessions:$150

Capability Club

This social opportunities group is designed specifically for ages 9-12 years. Using participant-led, unstructured activities, the program is designed to facilitate development in the areas of self-advocacy, emotional regulation, and meaningful social participation grounded in the neurodiversity paradigm. Emphasis will be on understanding a variety of communication styles. All are welcome; no diagnosis needed. Led by an autistic occupational therapist.

Ages: 9-12 years

Group Size: Up to 5 participants

Program days/times: Thursdays 5-6 pm

Cost: Single session:$30

         Package of 5 sessions: $125

Neurodivergent Hangout

This social opportunities group is designed specifically for teens. Using participant-led, unstructured activities, the program is designed to facilitate development in the areas of self-advocacy, emotional regulation, and meaningful social participation grounded in the neurodiversity paradigm. Emphasis will be on understanding a variety of communication styles. No diagnosis needed, but group is designed for those who identify as neurodivergent. Led by an autistic occupational therapist.

Ages: 14-18 years

Group Size: Up to 5 participants

Program days/times: Monthly; Second Friday of the month at 6:30 pm

Cost: Single session:$30

         Package of 5 sessions:$125

Parent Coaching Group

This one is for the grown-ups!

Wondering how you can best support your neurodivergent child?

This small group coaching program is designed specifically to support parents in applying affirming parenting strategies in the home. Limited to 5 participants and led by an autistic occupational therapist, each session will feature a Q & A component as well as planned topics based on questions submitted ahead of time. Example topics include developing regulation, managing conflicting sensory needs, navigating food selectivity, and more. Held over Zoom.

You do NOT need to have a child in therapy to attend; all parents or caregivers are welcome.

Ages: Parents of neurodivergent children of any age

Group size: up to 5

Program Days/Times: Twice each month: one Thursday 11 am – 12 pm; one Tuesday 6 – 7 pm  

Cost: Free!

 

Ausomely Autistic: Stay tuned for upcoming sessions

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For autistic children who are in 3rd or 4th grade. Led by an autistic occupational therapist, this group is specifically designed to develop positive self-identity in autistic youth. The group will explore what it means to be autistic (use of identity-affirming rather than person-first language is intentional, as this is preferred by the majority of the autistic community). We will explore sensory and communication differences, regulation and coping strategies, and more. We will be incorporating portions of the SEA Bridge neurodiversity-affirming curriculum. 

Ages: 3rd or 4th grade

Group Size: Up to 5 participants

Program dates: Stay tuned for upcoming sessions 

Cost: Check back for details

How to enroll: Check back for details

Contact us with any questions!

Our address & contact details

Phone & Email

Location

Hours

Phone: 717-761-4754 
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 717-370-6315

 

115 S. St. Johns Drive
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Monday-Friday
9:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday
9:00am – 3:30pm

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