Play, Learn, and Grow Together!
We are proud to provide play and social skills groups to learners with a wide range of social, behavioral and communication needs STARTING 9/4/2019! Our groups are designed for children between the ages of 2-4 years, who would benefit from additional supports to interact more positively with friends, expand their play skills, and learn from others in a group setting. The groups or energetic, busy, and most importantly, FUN!
About the Groups
The primary program focus is on helping children develop early social targets such as joint attention, social referencing and imitation. Our developmental play and social skills groups are designed for each child, to expand on their strengths and build on their needs. The purpose of the group focus is to allow our team to target the core deficits of the individuals in the group via multiple practice opportunities each time the group meets. In addition to the group focus targets, each of the children participating in the group also have individual goals and objectives which are taught, practiced and reinforced weekly. All skills are taught via multiple opportunities for practice embedded into fun play based activities.
As our little ones are not yet equipped with the language to go home and tell you all about what they did, we know you rely on us to communicate those updates with you. As such, session notes are provided weekly for each family, along with homework and activities to focus on at home, to promote the generalization of skills. Additionally, progress towards meeting your child’s goals is tracked and analyzed in order to make data driven decisions and these graphs are shared weekly with parents.
When are the Groups conducted?
While we plan to accommodate each family’s preference for their child’s group time, it is sometimes necessary to assign children to groups that have availability, and as such, we ask parents to rank their preference-availability out of the designated times.
Groups are conducted on Wednesdays at the following times:
Where are the groups conducted?
Our groups are conducted at our office (also known as the ‘Play School’). The office is designed as a mock preschool, with the play room set up with centers for the children to engage with different learning materials (e.g., home center, science center, blocks-people center, fine motor center, etc). Additionally, we have a group room where the children do art projects, play music, sit for circle time, and have snack-lunch.
Our office is located at: 9163 West Flamingo Road, Suite 100 Las Vegas, NV 89147
Who are the groups for?
Our groups are designed for children, between the ages of 2-4 years, who are in need of developing play and social skills with others. Although our expertise is in working with young children with ASD, the groups are open to all children with a wide range of social, communication, and behavioral needs, that would benefit from instruction in a group setting with their friends.
Groups are designed for children who struggle with the following:
Engage in limited, restrictive, or repetitive play;
Have not yet developed functional play skills;
Struggle with transitions and group activities;
Show little to no interest in peers;
Have difficulty tolerating peers in close proximity;
Have a difficult time being flexible in their play, with peers;
Have emerging language skills;
Have limited joint attending or responding
Have difficulty initiating and responding to social interactions with peers.
What does the group format look like?
Each group consists of the following activities: free play, structured toy play opportunities, circle time, music-art, big group play (motor movement), and ‘people play’. Additionally, there is a different theme for each of the 12-weeks for children who attend the group (e.g., Under the Sea, Around Town, Walking in the Jungle, etc). The purpose of these different themes, is to expose the children to a variety of different toys and activities, expanding their current interests, while also helping to develop new interests with friends.
Who conducts the groups?
Each group consists of 5 children, 2 RBTs (‘Play Coaches’), 1 helper, and is supervised by a BCBA. This small group ratio (5:2) allows our Play Coaches to use the principles of ABA and the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) to help children develop a variety of important social and play skills.
How much do the groups cost?
Each of the 90-minute groups cost $75.
At this time, we are not able to submit claims to insurers for reimbursement, for the groups. However, each parent is provided with an invoice, and if needed, we can provide a superbill (using the CPT code 97154), which can then be submitted to your insurer for reimbursement.
Funding - as we are providers for both DRC and ATAP, we are working diligently to seek additional funding from these organizations, to enable more families to attend our groups.