James Madison University

Group Programs

All of our groups are designed to support children/youth to successfully engage in the activities that they are involved in everyday such as spending time with friends and family, doing schoolwork, playing, and learning how to be more independent.

Each group is created using an approach that considers the whole child by integrating activities that promote social skills, sensory exploration, motor skills/coordination, emotional/self-regulation, and overall wellbeing while considering the ages and specific needs of each participant.

A variety of themes and interests are incorporated into the weekly sessions such as gardening, cooking, sports exploration, outdoor adventure, art, dance, music and more!

Current Groups/Programs


JMU-OTCES is offering groups for children again this fall!

Each group is designed to support children in becoming more comfortable in social situations, gaining awareness of personal strengths, and learning strategies to manage challenging situations and emotions. 2nd year OT graduate student group leaders take time to get to know each child and tailor the activities to match their needs to foster individual growth and engagement. All groups are supervised by a licensed occupational therapist.

Cost: $45

Age Day/Weeks Time
1st & 2nd Grade Tuesdays
8 weeks, beg 9/25
5:45-6:45pm
3rd & 4th Grade Thursdays
8 weeks, beg 9/27
5:00-6:00pm
5th & 6th Grade Thursdays
8 weeks, beg 9/27
5:30-6:30pm

"Play with Purpose”

Ages: Birth through 5 (preschool age)
When:  Wednesday, 10:00-11:00AM; 10 weeks beginning September 12th – November 14th, 2018
What: Our goal is to provide–guided developmental activities, sensory exploration, gym time, & crafts that encourage child/parent interaction. Family support & networking–talk with other families, ot practitioners, other professionals & pre-ot students
Cost: $100 per Punch Card 1 Punch Card= 19 Sessions
*Family/caregivers must stay with their child the entire time*

*Early Bird Registration Bonus*
If enrolled in Play with Purpose by September 10th there is a free *bonus* which includes an additional open gym time and free developmental screenings.

Additional open gym time: Begins Wednesday September 19th - November 14th, 2018
Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm

*Participants who are enrolled in Play with Purpose can come to both time slots each week!

For more information or to register, please email otces@jmu.edu or call 504.568.4980.

Past Programs:


  • You Are Sensational!
  • Play With Purpose
  • Yoga & Mindfulness
  • Wild Guys!
  • The Write Stuff
  • Just Right Kids
  • Self-Regulation
  • Social Skill Play
  • Teen Skills
  • Creative Cooks
  • Playground Skills
  • Ready for School! (Kindergarten Readiness Group)
  • Skill Builders, ages 3-5 years old
  • Getting into Motion for Learning; 3-5 years old
  • High Five for Hands! K-3rd grade
  • Keep Yourself on Track! K-3rd grade
  • Making Connections; 6th-8th grade
  • Food for Thought! 7th-12th grade
  • Ladies & Gentleman, Start your Engines! 4th & 5th grade
  • Special Olympics Young Athletes Program
  • Parents and Children Exploring Social Solutions
  • Growing Great Girls
  • Camp Adventure
  • KinderCamp