I lead Social Skills Groups along with my colleague Nicole Martin (www.eastbayplay.org). These groups are designed to help children understand being part of a group, gain friendship skills, understand emotions of others and self, learn fundamental play skills, and emerging social skills needed as they grow, mature, and navigate this social world.
In my sessions with the child, I use affect, cueing, and gestural communication to advance symbolic play, conversation and other areas of relating. This helps the child build on their capacity to express their needs, desires, feelings, affects, and ideas. I also help facilitate motor development through various fun gross motor and fine motor activities that encourage sensory organization, regulation, postural control, motor control, and functional skills.
I have experience with children on the Autism Spectrum, who have Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), PDD NOS, ADD/ADHD, Non Verbal Learning Disorder, Sensory Integration Challenges, language delays, processing delays, anxieties, constrictions, phobic tendencies and rigidities, and more. I am always sensitive to parent's individual differences as well.
The home program may also include facilitated play dates, community outings, joint therapeutic sessions, or as a support in any number of situations that impact the child.
I work with school faculty as an Inclusion Consultant. I help Teachers and Directors find ways to provide support to students with special needs and social challenges, helping to ensure students can succeed in the classroom.
Therapeutic Support Specialist