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Therapeutic Group Programs are an opportunity for children to receive an intensive therapy experience in a small group setting. These programs are designed to help children become more successful in meeting the demands and expectations of everyday life. This is done through playful engagement in success oriented activities in a setting that offers natural opportunities for engagement.

Our Group Programs are open to both children who are current Emerge clients as well as those who are not. Early registration is recommended as our programs tend to fill quickly.

Summer 2021 Group Programs

This summer we are offering a variety of in-person groups, ranging in size from 2 to 6 children.  We are offering some groups at our Durham location and some at our Cary location.  Please be sure to read the group descriptions carefully as you decide what to sign up for.  The format of each group has been determined based on a variety of factors, with keeping our families and staff safe at the forefront of that process.

Group formats are subject to change based on COVID-19 and possible changes in government and clinic polices.  If you have specific questions regarding this, please contact your child’s therapist or our director Brittni Winslow (brittni@emergepeds.com).

Setting the Stage for Social Success

Mondays,  5:00-6:00pm
  • Location: Durham
  • In-Person, limited to 6 children
  • Ages 10-12 years old
  • Co-led by an OT and SLP
  • Group focuses on the development of social-cognitive skills through the use of drama and theater arts games and activities. 
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Social Scouts

Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00pm 
  • Location: Cary
  • In-person, limited to 6 children
  • Ages 5-7 years old
  • Co-led by an OT and SLP
  • This small group focuses on the development of social-cognitive skills (such as conversation, perspective taking, and peer negotiation) through the use of the Social Thinking® curricula, and engaging cooperative activities.
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Social Sleuths

Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm
  • Location: Durham
  • In-Person, limited to 6 children
  • Ages 8-10 years old
  • Led by an OT and a SLP
  • Group focuses on the development of social-cognitive skills (such as conversation, perspective taking, and peer negotiation) through the use of Social Thinking and Zones of Regulation concepts.
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Food Scientists (Junior)

Tuesdays 5:00-6:00
  • Location: Durham
  • This group will be limited to 6 children
  • Ages 5-8years old
  • Co-led by an OT and SLP
  • Group focuses on the development of feeding skills based on the SOS – Sequential Oral Sensory Method — approach to feeding. Children learn about food and its qualities as they explore. 
  • Junior Food Scientists learn to explore a variety of foods using the Sequential Oral Sequencing (SOS) approach, and develop healthy feeding skills.
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Preschool Power

Wednesdays 10:00-12:00pm
  • Location: Durham
  • In-person, limited to 6 children
  • Ages 3-5 years old
  • Co-ed by an OT and SLP
  • This small group provides opportunities to build skills for preschool classroom readiness. Social communication and fine motor skills are addressed during mock classroom activities and routines.
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Adventure Squad  

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm 
  • Location: Durham
  • In-person, limited to 6 children 
  • Ages 5-8 years old
  • Co-led by an OT and SLP or 2 OTs 
  • This project-based group follows the interests of group members to complete motivating projects and build executive function, social problem solving and cooperative skills.
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Write From the Start

Thursdays, 10:00am -12:00pm 
  • Location: Durham
  • In-person, limited to 6 children
  • Ages 5-7 years old
  • Co-led by two OTs
  • This group focuses on building fine and visual-motor skills and accurate letter formation needed for legible handwriting.
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Social Butterflies 

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm 
  • Location: Durham
  • In-person, limited to 6 children
  • Ages 4-6 years old
  • Led by two OTs
  • This small group addresses social communication, perspective taking, turn-taking, and imaginative play skills.
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Cool Cats

Fridays, 1:00pm – 2:00pm 
  • Location: Cary
  • In-person, limited to 6 children
  • Ages 5-8 years old
  • Co-led by two OTs
  • This group empowers children to recognize and combat stress and worries using sensory-based and cognitive strategies, while building supportive social connections with their peers.
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