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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.

Spring 2022 Group Programs

This spring 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).

PEERS: Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills

Mondays,  5:00-6:30pm
  • Location: Durham
  • Ages 13-17 years old
  • Co-led by an OT and SLP
  • Jan 24th – May 2nd
  • 15-week group for teens and their parents
  • One-time, up-front cost of $1,995
  • This group follows an evidence-based, structured social skills curriculum designed to help teens make and keep friends and improve their reputation among peers.
Fill Out the PEERS Interest Survey!

 

Social Sleuths 

Tuesdays,  4:00-5:00pm
  • Location: Durham
  • Ages 9-12 years old
  • Co-led by an OT and SLP
  • January 11th – May 24th
  • Limited to 6 children
  • 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
More Information

 

Terrific Twos

Wednesdays,  9:00-10:00am
  • Location: Durham
  • Toddlers ages 1.5-2.5 years old
  • Co-led by OT and SLP
  • Five 4-week sessions: (1) Jan 5-Jan 26, (2) Feb 2-Feb 23, (3) March 2-March 23, (4) April 6-April 27, (5) May 4-May25
  • This small group provides opportunities to build language and motor skills to assist with achievement of age appropriate milestones. Social skills and gross motor skills will be addressed in play based activities including an obstacle course, movement songs, and imaginative play experiences. 
More Information

Adventure Squad  

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm 
  • Location: Durham
  • Ages 6-8 years old
  • Co-led by 2 OTs
  • January 12th – May 25th
  • Limited to 6 children
  • 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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Junior Explorers

Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:00pm 
  • Location: Durham Ages 5-7
  • Co-led by 2 OTs
  • January 13th – May 26th
  • Limited to 4 children
  • This therapeutic small-group addressed self-regulation using established curricula, including the “How Does Your Engine Run” program, Zones of Regulation, and Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® curricula. Children explore sensory-based strategies and practice applying them to maintain regulation.
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Social Butterflies – Durham

Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:00pm 
  • Location: Durham
  • Ages 4-6
  • Co-led by an OT and SLP
  • January 13th – May 26th
  • Limited to 6 children
  • This small group addresses social communication, perspective taking, turn-taking, and imaginative play skills.
More Information

Social Butterflies – Cary

Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm 
  • Location: Cary
  • Ages 4-6
  • Co-led by an OT and SLP
  • January 12th – May 25th
  • Limited to 6 children
  • This small group addresses social communication, perspective taking, turn-taking, and imaginative play skills.
More Information

Social Scouts

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00pm 
  • Location: Cary
  • Ages 6-8
  • Co-led by an OT and SLP
  • January 11th – May 24th
  • Limited to 6 children 
  • 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.
More Information

Preschool Power

Wednesdays 2:00-3:00pm
  • Location: Cary
  • Ages 3-5
  • January 12th – May 25th
  • Limited to 6 children 
  • 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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Cool Cats

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm 
  • Location: Cary
  • Ages 8-12
  • Co-led by 2 OTs
  • January 12th – May 25th
  • Limited to 6 children
  • Cool Cats is designed for children who experience stress, anxiety, or excess worries. During these sessions, children learn and develop cognitive and sensory-based strategies to manage stress and worries. Mindfulness-based activities, movement, and opportunities for emotional expression help group members learn to utilize strategies that work for them, as well as to gain an understanding that they are not alone, establish a positive self-concept and build supportive friendships.
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