Q: Who runs the groups?
Q: What does the curriculum look like?
A: The curriculum was created by Speech & Hearing Associates using a variety of programs that focus on social language skills and pragmatics. The topics of focus include teamwork, making and keeping friends, conflict resolution, recognizing and expressing feelings, taking responsibility, making decisions, and building self-esteem. Not all groups focus on the same topic. For each session, parents will vote between two topics that their child’s group will focus on during that session. The speech-language pathologist (SLP) will then take the category that receives the majority vote and use that as the topic for the day. The other topic not chosen will be “tossed out,” meaning that it will not be an option again – even on another day.
Q: What are the outings like?
A: Outings will take place every Tuesday and Thursday. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will be in-office. The outings will occur at places such as bowling alleys, outdoor parks, bounce gymnasiums, etc. The specific locations are to be determined. Costs associated with outings are included in the activities fee. Parents must be present for the entirety of all outings. Siblings are allowed to join on our outings, but parents are responsible for any sibling costs associated with the outing. On outing days, groups will meet on time at the outing location, which will be provided in advance.
Q: Can parents drop their child off and come back to pick them up?
A: No. For both in-office and out-of-office days, parents must be present for the entirety of all sessions.
Q: Can parents sit in on sessions?
A: No. Parents cannot sit in on sessions in the office due to HIPAA (privacy) laws. However, the program includes an individual child/parent 30-minute individual session with the SLP after the program’s final group session to discuss progress and experience.
Q: How long are the sessions?
A: In-office sessions are one hour. Outings are also for one hour.
Q: How are children placed into groups?
A: Children are placed into groups by the SLP after an initial evaluation based on a variety of factors including age. This initial evaluation is billed to your insurance as an evaluation.
Q: Which SHA location is this program taking place in?
A: Only our Westfield location will host the summer program.