Therapeutic Playgroups

kids sitting on a bench

Winter/Spring 2020 Therapeutic Playgroup:

The Social Spot

Join us for a therapeutic group that supports preschool readiness and peer interaction. Children will learn how to follow along with the group routine, transition between activities, share and take turns, and tolerate other’s preferences. The Social Spot is especially helpful for kids who have social-emotional needs, speech and language delays, and sensory processing challenges. Sessions will include circle time, crafts, storytelling, group play, multi-sensory play, and more!

Thursdays, 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Ages: 2 - 3

Co-led by: Natalie Machado, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Jill Teitelbaum, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech Therapist

Amanda Deligiannis, M.S.W., LSW, Social Worker

Dates: January 23rd to June 4th, 2020

Class does not meet on Thursday, April 9th for CPS Spring Break (total of 19 sessions).

Cost: $150 materials and registration fee. The remaining cost is billable to insurance.

PlayWorks Therapy

2500 W. Bradley Place, Suite 109

Chicago, IL 60618

Food Explorers!

Using aspects of the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding as well as other play-based feeding methods, Food Explorers! will focus on food exploration through sensory play to increase your child’s overall diet. Six specifically chosen foods will be presented per session. The trialed foods will be determined by using a combination of food-chaining techniques and finding commonalities in the participants’ preferred and non-preferred food lists. Participants will become comfortable with new foods at their own pace, using gentle models to increase interaction with each food. The group setting provides a naturalistic opportunity for peer modeling. Seeing friends playing and interacting with foods makes the experience fun and contributes to a successful mealtime! 

What is the SOS Approach?

Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding is an evidenced-based practice that was developed by Dr. Kay Toomey over 25 years ago.  SOS focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level with food through exploration of each of the food’s properties. Focused on food interaction rather than food consumption, SOS encourages playful, non-stressful interactions with food. 

Ages: 2 ½ to 5 years old

Mondays and Wednesdays: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Food Explorers! meets on an ongoing basis through June 2, 2020.

Led by SOS-Trained Therapists:

Jackie Donahue, MS, CCC-SLP

Sarah Lydon, MA, CCC-SLP

Autumn Smith, MS, CCC-SLP

Cost: This group is billable to insurance. There is a monthly food fee of $20 that is not billable to insurance.

PlayWorks Therapy

2500 W. Bradley Place, Suite 109

Chicago, IL 60618