Therapeutic Playgroups

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Food Explorers!

Using aspects of the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding as well as other play-based feeding methods, this 7-week group 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.

Tuesdays: 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Ages: 2 1⁄2 to 4 years old

Maximum Enrollment: 6

Co-led by SOS-Trained Therapists: Jackie Donahue, MS, CCC-SLP and Sarah Lydon, MA, CCC-SLP

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 to Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The cost for the 7-week group (7 sessions) is $400 (includes $50 for food costs)

PlayWorks Therapy

2500 W. Bradley Place, Suite 109

Chicago, IL 60618

The Social Spot:

Speech-Occupational Therapy Playgroup

The Social Spot is a therapeutic playgroup for children in the Early Intervention program. Co-led by a speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist, The Social Spot supports sensory processing, social communication, and emotional regulation. Children will learn to how to follow along with the group routine, transition between activities, share and take turns, tolerate other’s preferences, initiate and sustain interactions with peers, engage in developmentally appropriate play, and explore sensory

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

Ages 24 months to 36 months

Co-led by Natalie Machado, MS, OTR/L and Kelsey Martin, MS, CCC-SLP

The Social Spot begins November 14th, 2019 and runs on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

PlayWorks Therapy

2500 W. Bradley Place, Suite 109

Chicago, IL 60618