Hopscotch OT is able to provide small group programs providing targeted practice in a fun and supportive way that will allow children to develop skill and confidence. Feedback is provided to parents and teachers in a summary at the end of each session. Parents and teachers are encouraged to join in a session to learn more about how to support their child or students.
Skills For School Group: Suitable for children in 4 year old preschool
This group is specifically designed for children in 4 year old kindergarten. Skills For School is run by an experienced Speech Pathologist and Occupational Therapist to help prepare your child for school. The group aims to develop your child’s: attention and listening skills, social skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, independence skills, phonological and early literacy skills. We provide a fun small group supportive learning environment with structured (mat time, table top activities) as well as play based activities that will help prepare your child for school.
Social Skills Group: Suitable for prep and grade 1 students
This group is based on the Social Thinking® methodology, We Thinkers Curriculum, developed by Michelle Garcia Winner(www.socialthinking.com). Social Thinking® explores the thought processes behind social interaction and helps children to recognise and problem solve in play with peers. This group is run in collaboration with a speech pathologist and helps children to develop an understanding of: thoughts and feelings, following the group plan, thinking with your eyes, whole body listening, body in the group, self regulation, expected/ unexpected behaviours, smart guess, flexible and stuck thinking, size of the problem and sharing an imagination. Group sessions include structured explicit teaching and supported play based practice with peers. This program, including its teacher or leader, is not affiliated with, nor has it been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by Michelle Garcia Winner and Think Social Publishing, Inc.
Preschool and School Based Groups: run on site at your school and preschool
Hopscotch OT can provide Handwriting and Motor Skills groups at your school or preschool. There are many benefits to running groups in the natural learning environment including: minimising time out of the classroom, allowing the therapist to work more closely with educators and reducing the cost of service. A minimum of 3 children is required for a group program. Teachers and support staff are welcome to attend along side students, this provided a great opportunity for sharing ideas and implanting strategies in the classroom in the past.
Please contact us for more information about our group programs or to register you interest in attending.