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

To register for any of these groups or programs please call: 540-568-4980 or email: otces@jmu.edu

The goal of this program is to provide opportunities for children, infants to toddlers, to participate in guided developmental activities amd sensory exploration. and caregivers tonetwork with other caregivers and talk with occupational therapists, and OT graduate students.

Family/Caregivers must stay with their child*
When: Wednesdays 12:15-1:15pm; September 20-Novermber 13, 2017
Cost: FREE!!


Each of these groups 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 uncomfortable feelings. 

Group leaders take time to get to know each child and tailor the activities to match their needs to foster individual growth and engagement.

Age Day/Weeks Time
3rd & 4th Grade Thursdays
8 weeks, beg 9-28
5th & 6th Grade Boys Thursdays
8 weeks, beg 9/28
1st & 2nd Grade Tuesdays
8 weeks, beg 9/26

Cost: $45 for all groups

Past Programs:

  • You Are Sensational!
  • 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

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