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Group Therapy Program

NTSOC’s group therapy team is comprised of occupational, physical, and speech therapists. A team of professionals puts together sessions enabling natural socializing and peer modeling in a fun, educational, and safe environment.

 

Would your loved one like to learn how to bowl? Do you think it would be beneficial for him or her to see another child or young adult eating with a fork? Do you think he or she would like to learn some dance moves? Or hit the yoga mats? If you answered yes to any of these questions, our group therapy classes might be a perfect fit for your loved one.

If your child or young adult is eligible to participate, one of our therapists will write specific goals for what your loved one might accomplish during the duration of the class. After every session, the therapist will update notes to log process. Medicaid typically covers these sessions in combination with private insurance.

 

We have found these classes to be perfect for children and young adults who have been in traditional therapy for years and are ready to try something new. Previous participants have said that they often forgot they are having therapy as they were having so much fun.

 

All group therapy session will be held at NTSOC in Colorado Springs unless otherwise stated. Our Colorado Spring office is 1130 West Woodmen Road, 80919. If you are interested in registering for this class, please contact Brier Van Valin or 719 694-6362.

Group Therapy Classes

Classes Time Registration Deadline Start Date Finish Date
Game Night Wednesdays 5- 6 p.m February 14 March 11 April 29
Community Access Group Tuesdays 5-6 p.m February 29 Feb. 24-26 Feb. 27
Cooking Group Thursdays 5-6 p.m March 13 April 9 May 28
Community Access Group Wednesdays 5-6 p.m May 1 May 27 July 15
Feeding Group Tuesdays 11- 12 May 8 June 2 July 21
Game Night Thursdays 5-6pm May 8 June 4 July 23
Gym Night Wednesdays 5-6 p.m July 3 July 29 September 16
Craft / Painting Night
Thursdays 5-6 p.m July 24 August 20 October 8
Holiday Group Wednesdays 5-6 p.m October 9 November 4 December 16

Game Night

Child playing with plastic toy chain

NTSOC established game night in order to provide an organic socialization experience while teaching cognitive, fine motor, and gross motor skills in a safe and supportive environment. Typically, a physical and occupational therapist rotate through clients at a ratio of 4:1.

Some of the specific task that our clients will perform include:

  • Emotional regulation
  • Turn taking
  • Appropriate social interaction
  • Relationship building
  • Cognitive processing

If you are interested in registering for this class, please contact Brier Van Valin or 719 694-6362.

Community Access

NTSOC established the community access group to provide your child the opportunity to interact, socialize, gain confidence, practice and learn important skills while participating in a fun and supportive environment within our community. Typically, a physical and occupational therapist rotate through clients at a ratio of 3:1.

Some of the specific task that our clients will perform include:

  • Emotional regulation
  • Safety in the community
  • Money management
  • Confidence building
  • Appropriate social interaction
  • Relationship building
  • Cognitive processing

Parents and caregivers need to provide transportation to and from each location. A sample schedule is listed below, but may be subject to change:

  • Bowling will be at Bass Pro Shop
  • Nature walk at the Garden of the Gods with a scavenger hunt
  • Splash pad and playground at John Venezia Community Park
  • Rock Ledge Ranch at the Garden of the Gods
  • Penny Arcade in Manitou Springs

If you are interested in registering for this class, please contact Brier Van Valin or 719 694-6362.

girl at a bowling alley

Cooking Group

Child and adult cooking

NTSOC established cooking group in order to provide important kitchen skills and safety awareness by offering hands-on experiences while interacting with peers in a safe and supportive environment.

Some of the specific task that our clients will perform include:

  • Emotional regulation
  • Sequencing
  • Appropriate social interaction
  • Cognitive processing
  • Kitchen safety
  • Tips for properly selecting food

If you are interested in registering for this class, please contact Brier Van Valin or 719 694-6362.

Feeding Group

NTSOC established the feeding group to meet the needs of clients who experience daily feeding difficulties. This group is appropriate for clients who are medically stable for oral feeding, physically able to observe others in a group, and are cognitively interested in watching peers. Typically, a physical and occupational therapist rotate through clients at a ratio of 4:1.

Some of the specific task that our clients will perform include:

  • Oral motor
  • Sensory integraton
  • Activities of daily living (self-feeding)
  • Relationship building
  • Cognitive processing

If you are interested in registering for this class, please contact Brier Van Valin or 719 694-6362.

Child eating

Gym Night

Cornhole game

NTSOC established the gym night to offer a safe and supportive environment to learn social skills along with gross motor developing including, but not limited to, activities such as water balloon toss, adaptive cornhole, Twister, and scooter board activities.  Typically, a physical and occupational therapist rotate through clients at a ratio of 4:1.

Some of the specific task that our clients will perform include:

  • Emotional regulation
  • Turn taking
  • Relationship building
  • Cognitive processing
  • Balance
  • Motor planning

If you are interested in registering for this class, please contact Brier Van Valin or 719 694-6362.

Craft / Paint Night

NTSOC established the craft/paint group to focus on fine-motor skill development while making fun and decorative art to take home. Typically, a physical and occupational therapist rotate through clients at a ratio of 4:1.

Some of the specific task that our clients will perform include:

  • Fine motor
  • Sequencing
  • Emotional regulation
  • Cognitive processing
  • Social skills
  • Beginning art skills

If you are interested in registering for this class, please contact Brier Van Valin or 719 694-6362.

Child painting

Holiday Access Group

Happy child in front of a decorated tree

NTSOC established the holiday access group to provide a variety of holiday-themed activities while growing fine and gross motor skills, and interacting with peers. Typically, a physical and occupational therapist rotate through clients at a ratio of 4:1.

Some of the specific task that our clients will perform include:

  • Cognitive skills
  • Sequencing
  • Emotional regulation
  • Social skills
  • Smart decision making

If you are interested in registering for this class, please contact Brier Van Valin or 719 694-6362.