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. It is instructed by a PGA Golf Professional, with therapy services provided by a Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist. For children of all ability levels ages 4 years old and up.
All Kid’s Yoga
Yoga is a great way to work on improving body awareness, motor planning, breath support, posture, flexibility, strength, concentration and relaxation. For children 4 years and up that are able to follow 1 step directions.
This group will be run by Speech/Language Pathologists and targets preschool language skills for 3 to 5 year old children with language delays or who need a boost in their vocabulary skills. 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.
This group will be run by Speech/Language Pathologists and targets language skills for 5 to 7 year old children with language delays or who need a boost in their vocabulary skills. Children must be able to follow simple directions, separate from caregivers and remain with peers in a group setting.
The Alert Program: How Does Your Engine Run? Preschool Alert Program
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.
#strongkids #fullhearts A partnership between Crossfit Plainfield and ESJR to offer a strength and conditioning program for kids of all abilities, ages 9 and up. Facilitated by ESJR physical therapists and Crossfit trainers. Meets at Crossfit Plainfield and parents are required to stay onsite.
Fit, Fun & Fabulous
FFF is a wellness program for girls to focus on fitness activities and healthy lifestyle habits. The group is facilitated by Physical and Occupational Therapists. For girls of all physical abilities ages 8 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.
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 6 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.
Job Seeking Skills
For teens that are interested in learning basic skills for finding a job, this group will focus on how to look for job openings, how to fill out applications and interview skills. Led by a social worker and speech pathologist, this is a group for 15 to 20 year olds who are ready to start looking for their first job!
Aquatic Therapy provides a unique setting for occupational and physical therapists to work 1:1 with your child at a local pool. Aquatic therapy is a great way to improve strength, endurance, flexibility, mobility, balance and motor planning for children of a variety of ages and diagnoses. If your child is not currently receiving physical or occupational therapy at Easterseals, an evaluation is required in order to determine the appropriateness of your child for aquatic therapy. In order to participate in aquatic therapy, your child must have therapeutic goals that can be addressed by a physical or occupational therapist in the pool.