Community Programs

What does it mean to be part of a community?

It’s building meaningful and lasting relationships, possessing the skills to perform the basic tasks expected of all of us, and having the self-confidence to smoothly navigate social situations. Every one of us deserves the chance to be an active part of our community in a way that works best for us. Our community programs for youth provide engaging environments in which these skills are taught, practiced, and mastered in small group settings.

Groups are inclusive, age-matched, and specific to target skill areas. While designed and led by our  therapists, our community programs for youth are not classified as therapy. Parents call these programs ‘enrichment sessions,’ while our preference at TCS is to refer to them as playdates with a purpose. Be it a group of two or a group of five, we aspire to facilitate kids’ ability to showcase and build upon skills already learned in school, at home, or in private therapy. Simultaneously, we provide an environment in which new friendships are created and our community is strengthened.

Fall 2022 Groups Now Enrolling

Ausomely Autistic I

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For children who have NOT participated in Ausomely Autistic program before. 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, found here: https://bridgeslearningsystem.com/

Ages: 3rd or 4th grade

Group Size: Up to 5 participants

Program dates: Fridays 5-6 pm, 

Cost: $250 per 6-week session.

How to enroll: Register online at: https://go.oncehub.com/CommunityGroupPrograms

Ausomely Autistic II

For children in third or fourth grade who HAVE participated in Ausomely Autistic before.  Led by an autistic occupational therapist, this group is specifically designed to continue to grow positive self-identity in autistic youth. The group will build off of what was covered in previous sessions. We will explore managing big feelings in ourselves and in others, be introduced to positive autistic role models, and more. We will be incorporating portions of the SEA Bridge neurodiversity-affirming curriculum, found here: https://bridgeslearningsystem.com/

Ages: 3rd or 4th grade

Group Size: Up to 5 participants

Program dates: Thursdays 5-6 pm; Sept 29 – Nov 3

Cost: $250 per 6-week session.

How to enroll: Register online at: https://go.oncehub.com/CommunityGroupPrograms

Fun with Food

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For hesitant eaters, this group provides a chance to positively engage with food in a no-pressure environment. For children ages 3-4 years (parent/caregiver must accompany). Led by an occupational therapist specialist in feeding, activities will involve making food crafts and similar projects while providing lots of opportunities to explore new foods together.

Ages: 3 or 4 years (must attend with a caregiver)

Group Size: 3 participants

Program dates: Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am; Sept 13 – Oct 18

Cost: $250 per 6-week session. We will provide all food (please indicate any allergies on the registration form)

How to enroll: Register online at: https://go.oncehub.com/CommunityGroupPrograms

Bridge Builders

Led by an autistic clinician, this group is specifically designed to lay the foundation for building “bridges of understanding” among children in social situations. We will be incorporating portions of the SEA Bridge neurodiversity-affirming curriculum, found here: https://bridgeslearningsystem.com/ Topics will include recognizing and appreciating similarities and differences between people, communicating with friends, exploring feelings, and more. Specific curriculum content will be customized to the group of children enrolled. Neurotypical and neurodivergent children welcome.

Ages: currently enrolled in 1st or 2nd grade (or entering 1st or 2nd grade for summer session)

Group Size: Up to 4 participants

Program dates: None at this time

Cost: $250 per 6-week session.

How to enroll: Not currently enrolling

Play Pals

Play is the number one job of children! These play groups include a combination of structured and unstructured play opportunities in small groups of peers. 

Ages: Two groups forming: one group for children entering kindergarten; one group for children entering grade 1

Group size: Up to 4 children.

Program dates: None at this time

Cost: $200 per 6-week session

How to enroll: Not currently enrolling

Marvelous Mindfulness

Mindfulness practices have been shown to help manage stress, regulate emotions, and reduce anxiety. Participants in this group will be guided through fun, kid-friendly mindfulness activities. They will leave the group with a variety of activities that they can do on their own or with family members to establish positive mindfulness routines.

Ages: Entering grades 4-5

Group size: Up to 4 participants

Program dates: None at this time

Cost: $250 per 6-week session

How to enroll: Not currently enrolling

Literacy and Language Book Club

 Designed for children who have difficulty answering questions about a text and recalling information that is read to them. We will practice strategies for improving listening comprehension and retelling a narrative. Children can participate in group activities to identify main ideas and key details, retell and summarize stories, and make inferences and predictions.

Ages: Entering grades 3-5

Group size: Up to 4 participants

Program dates: None at this time

Cost: $250 per 6-week session

How to enroll: Not currently enrolling

LEGO League

You’ve never seen LEGOs like this before! More than simply building with friends, we use a specific research-based approach to provide meaningful social opportunities using LEGOs. Children learn to successfully navigate communication differences, work together, and self-advocate all while having fun!

Ages: 8-10 years old

Group Size: 3 participants

Program structure: 1 hour per week for 8 weeks

 Cost: $300 per 8-week session.

How to enroll: Registration closed

Capability Club

This social opportunities group is designed specifically for middle school students. 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.

Ages: Middle school (ages 10-13 yrs)

Group Size: Up to 5 participants

Program structure: 1 hour per week for 6 weeks

Cost: $200 per 6-week session.

How to enroll: Registration closed

Adulting Adventures

As children grow into teens, the “real world” gets closer (and scarier!). We provide a low-pressure, fun, and social environment for teens and young adults to begin to explore independent living skills and to learn about “adulting.” Each 8-week program consists of sessions at TCS, as well as community outings to practice real-world skills like grocery shopping on a budget or navigating a laundromat. 

Ages: For ages 14 to young adult

Group size: 4

Program structure: One hour per week for 8 weeks

Cost: $300 per 8-week session

How to enroll: Not enrolling at this time

Self-Advocacy Success

Professional communication. Self-advocacy. Handling workplace demands. Finding a job that is the right fit. These skills and more are often challenging for teens and young adults as they enter the workforce for the first time. To help, we are offering this group specifically focused on workplace navigation, for ages 16+.

Ages: 16+

Group Size: up to 5 participants

Program Structure: 1 hour per week, 10-week session. 

Cost: $300 per 10-week session.

How to enroll: Not currently enrolling

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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 – 12:00pm

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