This week our preschool and kindergarten prep camps kicked off, and the kids are having a blast! Alice and Lori picked a farm theme for their first day with the preschoolers, and there were smiles all around.

If you’re wondering what these pigs are wallowing in, it’s not real mud. Alice told me it’s a mix of brown paint and shaving cream.

Here the kids are playing with farm animal toys in the dirt and then walking them next door to the farm’s pond for a quick rinse.

From a clinician’s point of view, there are many benefits to participating in summer camp and working in a group. According to Jenny, our clinic director, group settings allow clinicians to see behaviors and interactions that can’t be replicated in individual therapy:

“I think it’s great that we get to see our kids in the natural environment, working and playing with other kids. It’s a great way to practice the things they’ve been learning in one-on-one therapy. They get adult support but are more independent. We can then tweak goals or come up with strategies based on how they do. It’s also a great way for us to get a peek of how they might be in a larger classroom setting and make recommendations to teachers, especially for those entering kindergarten.”

Our preschool and kindergarten prep groups are meeting weekly in July and through the middle of August. If you’re looking for a drop-in group, check out our Parents’ Night Events, which happen monthly. We also have Stop-Motion Animation camp running from August 12-16, for a whole week of project-based speech and language work for kids aged 9-14.