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


Play with Purpose

The goal of Play with Purpose is to provide opportunities for children to engage in guided developmental activities that encourage child and parent interaction including: sensory exploration, movement, and creative play. Play with Purpose also provides opportunities for caregivers to gain support and networking with other caregivers, OTs and other professionals, and Pre-OT students.
When: Mondays/Wednesdays 10:00 AM-11:00 AM (September 9th – November 13th, 2019)
Where: 131 West Grace St. Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Cost: $100/20 visits

Yoga & Mindfulness

In this fun and engaging 8 week course, children will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn self-regulating tools, including calming poses, visualizations, and breath work
  • Participate in cooperative games to build communication and social skills, while making new friends
  • Explore principles of yoga, including gratitude, peace and respect
  • Gain confidence while improving coordination, strength, body awareness and balance
  • Grow physically, emotionally and socially in a supportive, playful environment

When: Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30 PM (October 2nd – November 20th)
Where: 131 West Grace St. Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Cost: $110

Little Hands Yoga

During this eight-week course led by an occupational therapist, parents and children will participate in songs, games, and stories while learning preschooler- friendly yoga poses. Children ages 2-4 will have the opportunity to learn new motor and listening skills through repetition and play. The children will also have the opportunity to use those little hands each week with crafts in order to promote fine motor development. This program is suitable for families with more than one preschooler at home.

When: Fridays 9:30 -10:15 AM (October 4th – November 22nd)
Where: 131 West Grace St. Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Cost: $88
For more information, please email otces@jmu.edu or call 504.568.4980.

Past Programs:


  • You Are Sensational!
  • Play With Purpose
  • Yoga & Mindfulness
  • Little Hands Yoga
  • 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
  • Summer Autism Camp