Easterseals runs a variety of groups over the summer for children with special needs that have both a therapeutic component and a social, recreational side. Summer groups can be a great way to supplement traditional, school year therapies while providing your child with a fun summer experience!
Blooming Buddies Developmental Groups
This group is led by developmental therapists. The focus is to help children ages 2 through 4 years old interact and develop peer relationships while having FUN! Summer activities include scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, fine and gross motor play, music and more. Snack is provided.
Golf for Kids with Special Needs
Our golf group works on motor planning, endurance, strength, coordination, balance and recreational skills. Instructed by a PGA Golf Professional at Inwood, with therapy services provided by a Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist. For children of all ability levels ages 4 years old and up.
This group is led by a Speech/Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist to target preschool language and fine motor skills for children 3 to 5 years old. Children must be able to follow simple directions, separate from caregivers and remain with peers in a group setting.
A national group that brings their program to us! Co-facilitated by a physical and occupational therapist, children can work on developing soccer skills while also working on motor planning, endurance, strength, coordination, balance
and recreational skills. For children 4 to 11 years old.
A partnership between Crossfit Plainfield and ESJR to offer a strength and conditioning program for kids of all abilities, ages 7 and up. Led by ESJR physical therapists and Crossfit trainers, sessions promote strength, endurance, balance, mobility and fun! Meets at Crossfit Plainfield and parents are required to stay onsite.
Fit, Fun & Fabulous
FFF is a wellness program for teen girls to focus on health choices, being active and meeting new friends! The group is facilitated by an Occupational Therapist and Social Worker. For girls of all abilities ages 11 to 16 years old that can follow one step directions and enjoy new activities.
Fit, Fun & Fierce
FFF is a wellness program for teen boys to focus on fitness activities, healthy lifestyle habits and building friendships. The group is co-facilitated by an Occupational Therapist and Social Worker. For boys of all abilities ages 11 to 16 years old that can follow one step directions and enjoy new activities.
The Alert Program: How Does Your Engine Run?
The Alert Program is a fun way to help children to identify, label, monitor, and maintain their levels of alertness for self-regulation. Interactive lessons will incorporate language, sensory processing, and cognitive approaches. Co-therapy led by an Occupational Therapist and a Speech/Language Pathologist.
Handwriting Without Tears
This program is run by two Occupational Therapists to assist children with learning and improving the skills necessary for handwriting utilizing a multi-sensory approach in a fun and friendly environment. Two groups are run, one for 4 and 5 year olds and one for 6 and 7 year olds.
Run by two Occupational Therapists, this group focuses on strengthening fine motor skills and exploring sensory activities in a social environment. The use of therapy animals and animal themed activities will ensure a howlin’ good time. For kids 5 to 9 years old who can follow 1 to 2 step directions.
This is a weekly group for siblings of children with special needs. Sibshops are fun, action packed groups that use unique crafts, wacky games and lively discussion to explore all of the great and no so great feelings we have about being a sibling. Run by social workers, we let kids know: Sibs R Special 2!
A feeding group for 3 to 5 year olds that have difficulty eating or avoid eating. Facilitated by a speech pathologist and occupational therapist that are certified in the SOS feeding approach and trained in other feeding approaches like food chaining.
Sensory & Self-Regulation for Success
Led by two Occupational Therapists, this group will focus on introducing a variety of sensory experiences and independent strategies to promote self-awareness and regulation for children 8 to 12 years old.
Secrets to Success (Teen to Adult Transition Group)
For teens ages 16 to 21 years old, this group will focus on topics related to transitioning into adulthood. The group will be led by a Social Worker and will include both discussion and practical strategies for finding a job, navigating transportation, living with more independence and adult social skills.