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 will be incorporated into the weekly sessions including gardening, cooking, sports exploration, outdoor adventure, art, dance, music and more!

KinderCamp is a camp for children who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall, who may or may not have preschool experience. Kindergarten is full of activity for little hands, and this group is designed to provide an introduction to these activities, while having fun! Sessions are held June 19-23 and August 7-11. Download the KinderCamp informational flyer (PDF).

**Please check back in summer 2017 for more information about our fall 2017 group programming.

Past Student Group Details


Group Ages:      
Infants (birth-12 months) and their caregiver(s)
Description:       
Offered in a nurturing environment, this group is dedicated to enhancing the caregiver-infant relationship through teaching, modeling and supporting soothing strategies, caregiver interaction styles, personal and environmental awareness and play activities.   Infant development, including social-emotional and motor milestones, will also be emphasized.  Participants will be able to engage in professional-led activities as well as have an opportunity to interact with other caregivers.

Group Ages:       
Toddlers (1st-3rd bday) and their caregiver(s)
Description:       
Offered in a playful environment, this group is dedicated to enhancing the caregiver-toddler relationship through teaching, modeling and supporting, caregiver interaction styles, personal and environmental awareness and play activities.   Toddler development, including social-emotional and motor milestones, will also be emphasized.  Participants will be able to engage in professional-led activities as well as have an opportunity to interact with other caregivers.

Group Ages:       
Preschool (3rd-5th bday); All Aboard the Emotion Express
Description:      
A play group designed to help children learn more about emotions and ways to deal with their feelings.  It will cover emotions such as happy, sad, angry, bored, etc.  Children will learn many new strategies to help them express and control their feelings. By joining this group, children will have the chance to make more friends and improve skills such as sharing and taking turns.  Groups will be fun with lots of activities to keep children active and involved.

Group Ages:       
1st-2nd Grade (6-8 y.o.)
Description:      
This is an interactive and supportive group designed to enhance fine and gross motor, social and self-regulation skills through a variety of fun and engaging activities.

Group Ages:       
3rd & 4th grade Boys (8-10 y.o.)
Description:       
This group is dedicated to building social and emotional regulation skills and increasing confidence in participants and is designed especially for boys.  Interactive will provide children with strategies for identifying and expressing emotions and managing challenging or uncomfortable situations.

Group Ages:       
3rd & 4th grade Girls (8-10 y.o.)
Description:       
This group is dedicated to building social and emotional regulation skills and increasing confidence in participants and is designed especially for girls.  Interactive activities will provide children with strategies for identifying and expressing emotions and managing challenging or uncomfortable situations.

Group Ages:       
5th-8th grade Boys (10-13 y.o.)
Description:      
This group, designed just for boys, includes activities that will support group members to recognize their unique strengths, learn how to successfully manage challenging situations, and enhance their relationships with others.   

Group Ages:       
5th-8th grade Girls (9-12 y.o.); Healthy Gardens! Healthy Girls!
Description:      
This group is specially designed to support young girls . Activities will be introduced each week focusing on challenges that girls may experience at school or home and guiding them in the development of positive decision making and effective communication skills. The girls will be guided in developing these skills by exploring the values of gardening in a positive social environment. The goal is to promote self-esteem and healthy relationships.

Group Ages:       
9th-10th grade Girls (13-14 y.o.);  Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Girls
Description:       
This group applies the whole-child approach and is aimed at teaching girls social skills, emotional self-regulation, and positive self-esteem.  It also supports their physical health, a healthy diet, and body image.  Each week, the girls will participate in enjoyable and stimulating activities to promote their well-being knowledge and skills.

Other 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

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