Communicating, Relationship-building, Exploring sensation, Working together
The STAR CREW Program builds social cognition and awareness, communication, problem-solving skills, and interactive play skills for children ages 3 years and up.
- Expands non-verbal and verbal social language skills
- Increases ability to initiate social interaction with peers
- Improves social awareness and social problem solving
- Increases ability to self-regulate during play-based social interaction
Social skills lessons are taught within the context of games and play while meeting a child’s individual sensory needs. The program is geared for verbal children that have basic peer awareness and would benefit from therapeutic activities to build reciprocal interactions. These positive experiences are foundational building blocks for a child’s social development.
Individual and group therapy can be concurrent. Small groups are a perfect transition for children who have completed individual therapy, but are not yet ready to take on the YMCA! Children who have traveled to STAR Institute from afar may also wish to participate in groups if our groups that are scheduled are appropriate for the particular individual. Individual Therapy during either the morning or afternoon and Group Therapy during the other part of the day can sometimes be arranged, depending on the groups that are currently in process.
We plan our groups around the children and their interests. We find a set of children with similar needs and if timing permits we group the children together to provide socially appropriate groups.
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