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, physical thearpists, 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.

Important School Year Dates

Interested in enrolling? Fill out our interest form and our Intake Coordinator will reach out to you.

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

Academic Year Programs

2023 – 2024 PlayWorks Prep

Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is coming in March! Please complete our PlayWorks Prep Interest Form if you want to learn more.

Dates: Tuesday, September 5, 2023 – Friday, June 7, 2024

Days: Monday through Friday

Time: 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 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.

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. More information on Food Explorers can be found on the program page.

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 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 and children are grouped into pods based on age and developmental needs.

2024 Summer Camp

Our program is currently full. We do keep a rolling wait list and enroll new students as spots become available. Please complete our PlayWorks Prep Interest Form if you want to learn more. 

Dates: Monday, June 24 – Friday, August 16, 2024

Days:  Monday through Friday

Time: 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Ages: 2½ to 6 years old

Optional Summer Camp Add-Ons

Lunch Bunch & Food Explorers are also available as Summer Camp add-on's!

Individual Therapy

We offer the option to add on individual therapy before or after camp as well as during the school day for select services, with a 1:1 sessions based on therapist availability.