Westside Groups

Summer Groups (*NEW)

Camp Westside

Ages: 4-14
Day and Time:  August 12-16, 8am-12pm
Led by: Certified Occupational Therapists
Focus: Social Skills, Gross Motor Skill, Fine Motor Skills, Language and Communication Skills
Description: Camp Westside Way is a week-long day camp designed for children with special needs and their peers to enjoy summer camp in a safe, inclusive environment. Camp activities will be individually tailored to your child’s specific needs, with small group or one on one supervision as needed.   Camp activities will include swimming, tree climbing (repelling), rafting, super slides, camp fire, arts and crafts, music, nature activities, and much more! Although this is not a therapy camp, these activities have huge therapeutic benefits in the areas of gross motor skills, fine motor skills, social skills, speech skills and much more! This is the perfect opportunity to get the kids outside, away from the electronics, and give them one last blast of summer before.

Picky Eaters Picnic

Ages: 3-6
Day and Time: Tuesdays 2pm
Dates: Summer – June 11 – July 23 (skip week of 4th)
Led by: SOS Certified Occupational and Speech Therapists
Focus: Exploration and exposure to new foods in a group setting
Description: This group focuses on helping each child increase their overall food repertoire while decreasing apprehension relating to meal times.

Music and Movement

Ages: 4-7
Day and Time: Tuesdays 1pm
Dates: Summer – June 11 – July 23 (skip week of 4th)
Led by: ABA Registered Behavior Technicians under the supervision of Board Certified Behavior Analysts
Focus: Social skills with peers
Description: This group helps each child increase appropriate social behavior amongst peers while working on cooperative play, conversational exchanges, flexibility, emotional regulation, compliance with rules, etc.

Social Detectives

Ages: 4-6 & 7-9
Day and Time: Tuesdays 3pm
Dates: Summer – June 11 – July 23 (skip week of 4th)
Led by: Certified Occupational and Speech Therapists
Focus: Turn-Taking and Social Play
Description: Kids will engage in fun structured play events to promote compliments, sharing, commenting, asking questions and offering help to peers across different situations.

Kindergarten Readiness

Ages: 5-7
Day and Time: Tuesdays 12pm
Dates: Summer – June 11 – July 23 (skip week of 4th)
Led by: Certified Behavioral Therapists
Focus: Skills needed for success in school and in social settings
Description: Therapists will provide a small and safe setting where children feel supported in learning to interact successfully with their peers.

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Fall Groups

ABA Social Group

Ages: 7-9 Group, *If your kid is outside these age ranges, please contact the Frankfort office to discuss group appropriateness
Day and Time: Tuesdays 5-6pm OR Thursdays 5-6pm
Dates: Year-round
Led by: Certified Occupational and Physical Therapists
Focus: Movement and Coordination
Description: Sessions will include activities to promote balance, flexibility and coordination. Music will be incorporated into every session.

Fall Groups

Speech Social Groups

Ages: 6-9 Group, 10-13 Group *If your kid is outside these age ranges, please contact the Wheaton office (630) 509-4911 to discuss group appropriateness
Day and Time:
Dates:
Led by: Certified Speech Therapist
Focus:  Teaching children how to interact with others in their age range. 
Description: The goal is to help kids learn conversational skills, friendship skills and problem-solving skills.

Summer Groups

Social Skills Superstars

Ages: 4-7
Day and Time:
Dates:
Led by: Certified Speech and Behavioral Therapists
Focus: Language based social skills
Description: Kids will engage in fun, structured play events to promote compliments, sharing, commenting, asking questions and offering help to peers across different situations.

Talk It Out

Ages: 10-14
Day and Time:
Dates:
Led by: Certified Speech Therapist
Focus: Improving conversation skills and use of language
Description: This group is intended for kids aged 10-14 years of age. It will be a group that gets together and works on improving overall communication with not only peers but adults. Higher level skills will be targeted in this group.

Summer Groups (*NEW*)

Joliet Summer Groups will run the weeks of June 17, June 24th, OFF 4th of July week, July 8, July 15, July 22 and July 29 for a total of 6 weeks.

Let’s Get Moving!

Ages: 4-6
Day and Time: Wednesdays 11:00am
Led by: Certified Physical Therapists
Focus: Flexibility, strengthening, balance and coordination
Description: Skills targeted through obstacle courses, relay races, circle activities, stretches and songs.

Crafty Gal

Ages: 6-10 (girls)
Day and Time: Tuesdays 10:00am
Led by: Certified Occupational Therapists
Description: Girls working together to complete creative crafts and activities, while building friendship skills.

Stop-Drop-Cook

Ages: 8-16
Day and Time: Thursdays 10:00am
Led by: Certified Occupational Therapists
Focus: Executive Functioning
Description: A group problem solving and sequencing steps to cook tasty treats. Cooks will learn skill of mental flexibility through this daily life skill task.

Mealtime Explorers (Feeding Group)

Ages: 3-6
Day and Time: Wednesdays 10:00am
Led by: Certified Feeding Therapists
Description: This group will focus on decreasing apprehension during mealtimes by exploring various foods in a playful manner.

Stepping Stones for Super Speech

Ages: 1-3
Day and Time: Thursdays 9:00am
Led by: Certified Speech Therapists
Focus: Early Language Development
Description:A social group for children ages 12 months-3 years with a focus on stimulating and expanding early speech and language skills.

Motor Mouths

Ages: 3-5
Day and Time: Tuesdays 2:00pm
Led by: Certified Speech Therapists
Description: A social group for children ages 3-5 years with a focus on improving sound production for increased intelligibility.

Mom & Tots Group

Ages:  All ages are welcome. 0-4 will be most common
Day and Time: Seasonal – Call for availability
Cost: Free
Led by: Certified Occupational Therapist
Focus: Mom and Kids Having a Memorably Fun Time
Description: Come out and enjoy music, yoga, open gym, and many other guided activities. Each week will have a different theme and will be hosted by one of our pediatric therapists. Come on out and bring a friend, and your child(ren) of course!

Fall Groups

Picky Eaters Sunday Snack

Ages:  4-7 Group, *If your kid is outside these age ranges, please contact the Joliet office (815) 729-2160 to discuss group appropriateness
Day and Time:
Dates:
Led by: Certified Speech Therapist and/or Occupational Therapist
Focus: Exploration and exposure to new foods in a group setting
Description: This group helps each child increase their overall food repertoire while decreasing apprehension relating to meal times.

Guys Group

Ages:  12 and up Group, *If your kid is outside these age ranges, please contact the Joliet office (815) 729-2160 to discuss group appropriateness
Day and Time:
Dates:
Led by: Certified Speech Therapist and/or Occupational Therapist
Focus: Guy’s gathering in a stress free environment, to encourage friendship and social skills.
Description: Guy’s night is meant to be a typical hangout; guys sharing and doing what they love. The group is lead by them, but it is facilitated by a therapist. Activities include board games, video games, food (guys like to eat!),and other opportunities to foster new friendships.

Groups (*NEW*)

Plainfield Summer Groups will run the weeks of June 17, June 24th, OFF 4th of July week, July 8, July 15, July 22 and July 29 for a total of 6 weeks.

Mom & Tots Group

Ages:  All ages are welcome. 0-4 will be most common
Day and Time: Seasonal – Call for availability
Cost: Free
Led by: Certified Occupational Therapist
Focus: Mom and Kids Having a Memorably Fun Time
Description: Come out and enjoy music, yoga, open gym, and many other guided activities. Each week will have a different theme and will be hosted by one of our pediatric therapists. Come on out and bring a friend, and your child(ren) of course!

Speech Social Group

Ages: Call for available age groups
Day and Time: Tuesdays 10:00am
Led by: Certified Speech Therapist
Focus: Social Skills
Description: Promoting friendship skills and enhancing social participation while incorporating children’s interests and themes

Siblings Support Group

Ages: Call for available age groups
Day and Time: Wednesdays 2:00pm
Led by: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Focus: Sibling Support
Description: Discussing common challenges experienced by children with siblings with special needs in a supportive peer group

Ninja and Princess Warriors

Ages: All ages
Day and Time: Thursdays 11:00am
Led by: Occupational and Physical Therapists
Focus: Regulation, Body Awareness, & Overall Coordination
Description: Learn sequencing, motor planning, and coordination skills while strengthening the body head to toe. Obstacle courses, yoga, balancing and fun indoor/outdoor activities with peers at same skill level