PlayWorks Prep: A Therapeutic Preschool Preparatory Program

PlayWorks Prep is an interdisciplinary therapeutic program for children with developmental differences. Our programs serve children ages 2 ½ to 6 years old with developmental delays that may include:

  • Speech and language delays
  • Cognitive delays
  • Social-emotional delays and/or difficulties with social interaction
  • Sensory processing challenges
  • Behavioral challenges

We believe social-emotional development and sensory integration are fundamental in building the relationships necessary for children to engage in active learning. PlayWorks Prep uses a global developmental model that relies on individualization of intervention through a unique understanding of each child’s full developmental profile. Curriculum is rooted in our extensive knowledge of the natural progression of child development and tailored to provide appropriate scaffolding to support each child’s ability to learn new skills and engage in meaningful interactions with their family, peers, and environment.

PlayWorks Prep is co-led by an interdisciplinary team of therapists comprised of occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, and/or developmental therapists. This program is play-based and combines aspects of both child-led and adult-led evidenced-based treatment modalities to create an eclectic program with the “just right” challenge for each child. We work to prepare children for a classroom setting by developing play skills, increasing tolerance for group routines, developing social communication skills, practicing transitions, and encouraging attention and task completion.

PlayWorks Prep is a tuition-based program. The occupational therapy, speech therapy, and social work portions of tuition are billable to insurance. For more information, please contact our office at (773) 332-9439 or email us at info@playworkschicago.com.

School Year Programs

2020 – 2021 PlayWorks Prep

Open enrollment begins March 16, 2020. We currently have two openings remaining!

Dates: September 8, 2020 – Thursday, June 3, 2021

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ages: 2½ to 6 years old

Optional School Year Add-Ons:

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch is an opportunity for PlayWorks Prep students to eat lunch in a social setting. This group has a daily fee.

Dates: September 8, 2020 – Thursday, June 3, 2021
Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ages: 2½ to 6 years old

Families can choose to have their child attend one, two, three, or four days a week.

Food Explorers!

Food Explorers is one-to-one feeding therapy that takes place in a group setting. This service is billable to insurance. There is a monthly food fee that is not billable to insurance.

Dates: September 8, 2020 – Thursday, June 3, 2021
Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Ages: 2½ to 6 years old

Families can choose to have their child attend one, two, three, or four days a week.

PlayWorks Prep Therapeutic Summer Camp

PlayWorks Prep Therapeutic Summer Camp is an interdisciplinary therapeutic program for children with developmental differences. Our program utilizes a global developmental model with an emphasis on social-emotional development and sensory integration. With our unprecedented 2:1 ratio, your child has consistent opportunities throughout the entire camp day to interact with our masters-level therapy team. Enrollment is limited to 16 and children are grouped into pods of four based on age and developmental needs.

For more information, please contact our office at (773) 332-9439 or email us at info@playworkschicago.com.

2021 Summer Camp

Enrollment is now open!

Dates: Monday, June 21 – Thursday, August 19, 2021

Days:  Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Time: 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Ages: 2½ to 6 years old

Optional Summer Camp Add-Ons:

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch is an opportunity for students to eat lunch in a social setting. This group has a daily fee.

Dates: Monday, June 21 – Thursday, August 19, 2021
Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Time: 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Ages: 2½ to 6 years old

Families can choose to have their child attend one, two, three, or four days a week.

Food Explorers!

Food Explorers is one-to-one feeding therapy that takes place in a group setting. This service is billable to insurance. There is a monthly food fee that is not billable to insurance.

Dates: Monday, June 21 – Thursday, August 19, 2021
Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Time: 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Ages: 2½ to 6 years old

Families can choose to have their child attend one, two, three, or four days a week.

Individual Therapy

We offer the option to add on individual therapy before or after camp and/or Prep Intensives on Friday where your child participates in back-to-back individual and/or dyadic (1:1 ratio) therapy.