Fall 2019 Programs


Therapy Groups for Children and Teens

Food Adventurers (various ages)
We’ll have a great time prepping, cooking and exploring foods to make food time a fun time. We welcome all children who are working on oral-motor skills, sensory aversions or medically complex feeding needs including decreasing feeding tube dependency.

Language with Friends (Ages 2-3)
This group focuses on circle time participation and play-time activities that promote communication, early problem solving and following directions. Children can practice the social rules of communication such as turn-taking, gestures and body language.

Toddler Play Group (Ages 3-5)
Focuses on the development of language and social skills, along with building play and friendship.

Handwriting Group (various ages)
Fun, engaging activities are used to target each child's fine motor, bilateral coordination, visual-motor and handwriting skills.

Friends Club/Peer Group (Ages 5-7)
Does your child have difficulty finding their footing with peers? Consider enrolling your child in this group that uses hands-on learning and play activities based on Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking approach.

Mindfulness to Increase Social Engagement (Ages 4-7)
Children will practice breathing techniques and yoga that will naturally engage them in social interactions and help prepare them for social games throughout the session.

Roots Therapy Groups
Help kids and teens understand and manage their emotions, while learning to interact with others in order to build healthy relationships with peers and adults.
Little Roots (Ages 5-7)
Roots Girl Group (Ages 7-11)
Roots Boy Group (Ages 7-11)
Teen Roots (ages 12-15) In partnership with Response for Teens

G.I.R.L Girl in Real Life (ages 8-12)

Ongoing therapy group to process life stressors, attachment, family dynamics. 

Preschool Socialization Group (Ages 3-5) and Boys Socialization Group (Ages 6-8)

Therapeutic social skills groups with an emphasis on emotional regulation and social development. 



Support and Relief for Individuals and Families

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (aged 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

The Get Together
Provides an opportunity for parents to meet with other parents with young children. Parents share ideas and concerns with each other and professional staff while their children play and explore together. Led by a JCFS Chicago child development professional.

Sibshops offer brothers and sisters of children with a variety of special needs a place to meet other siblings in a relaxed, supportive and recreational setting. For kids ages 6-12 years old. Teens are also welcome.

Group Respite
We use a supportive, nurturing and therapeutic approach for children with intellectual/developmental disabilities, combined with fun, social and recreational activities, giving parents time for a break.

Community Connections
For adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder and significant learning disabilities who are looking for ways to increase their social connections.

Healing Hearts: Grief Support Group for Spouse/Partner Loss
For older adults who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner over the last two years. Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Grief Support Group
Monthly drop-in grief support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one.  The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

For more information about these programs call 855.275.5237