summer therapy2016

Summer Programs

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 a golf course, with therapy services provided by a Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist. For children of all ability levels ages 4 years old and up.


Soccer Shots
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 years old and up.


Adaptive Athletes
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 8 to 13 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 8 to 13 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. This group is for children 3 to 5 years old.

Feeding Group
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. Child must be evaluated and approved for group by a therapist.

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.


Sensory Exploration Play Group
Children ages 4 to 9 years old will be exposed to a variety of sensory input through activities encouraging development in social skills, self-help skills, play skills, motor skills, communication, and self-regulation. Led by two experienced occupational therapists, for children experiencing significant developmental delays that aren’t quite ready for a group setting and require a 1:2 adult to child ratio. All group activities will allow the children to develop skills at their own level and pace in a safe and positive environment with a focus on fun! Participant Minimum: 2 Maximum: 8


Moms and Babies
A group for expectant moms and new moms with babies that are newborn to 8 months old. Led by a Physical Therapist this group will focus on positioning, tummy time and promoting sequential meeting of motor milestones.

Preschool Pals
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.

Aquatic Therapy
One on one sessions with either an occupational therapist to provide therapy treatment to your child in a new setting. They can work on your child’s OT goals while benefitting from an aquatic environment. These are not swim lessons, but rather therapeutic sessions in the pool! Spots are limited and require a medical prescription for occupational therapy.

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