The benefits of prenatal aquatics from an occupational therapist Weightlessness- this is what I loved most about being in the pool when pregnant! It was great to have some time to float and take the weight and strain of my belly off of my back and bladder. It also can
Are you ready for your child to make amazing gains, new friends while gaining confidence and independence?
It's hard as a parent to watch your child struggle to do things that come so easily to other kids- things like climbing on the playground, making friends, using flexible thinking, or playing with other kids. It's can be so hard to see them struggle and they may have to work harder than others just to get through the day. They may become anxious, overwhelmed, or easily frustrated. Your child may seem tired and lethargic, or maybe the opposite: high energy, constantly on-the-go, and rarely slowing down for a second.
Do any of these sound like your child?
We understand how nature can help your child make gains in their development. You might feel perplexed or overwhelmed, but we can show you how our strategic method of nature based therapy benefits kids who need a little extra help. If you worry they may be missing critical skills they need to develop during the early years of childhood, we can support you with easy nature based activities that you can re-create all year long.
All kids should have the support they need to gain attention, executive function and social-emotional skills that are foundational for a healthy and happy life.
That’s our job.
Join up today and reserve your child's spot!
Welcome to our Forest Focus Grop
Here's how our groups can help
Kids feel confident when they can do well, conquer challenges and feel capable. Confident kids are more cooperative, have better control over their emotions and are willing to try new things.
Time in Nature
Research shows that child who spend more time in nature have longer attention spans, decreased challenging behaviors and better sleep. Now, who wouldn't want a dose of that medicine?
Groups help kids to build skills such as turn taking, starting a conversation with another kid, resolving conflicts and working together to create an amazing outdoor fort.
Is your child right for the group?
Our Forest Focus groups are perfect for children aged 7-12 years old who would need more calm, cooperation and confidence in their lives. Our nature-based OT group is a just-right combination of fun outdoor experiences and social connections. Ideal for kids who need some extra practice to interact positively with others, manage their emotions and upgrade their thinking/planning and doing skills.
Parents who choose our program:
- Value being outdoors
- Seek help for their child having challenges at home or school
- Don’t mind a child who comes home a little dirty and tired
- Love a therapy option that is so much fun it doesn’t feel like work
What are the days and times of the group?
Seven weeks this fall!
October through the week of Thanksgiving in November. Day to be determined.
After School Hours: 4:30-6pm
What is included in the group?
- "Get to know you" call
- Review of intake paperwork and previous reports
- Collaborative goal setting
- Weekly updates with summaries
- Individual videos to show your child's progress (with media release provided)
- Progress note at the conclusion of group
- Seven Weekly 90-minute sessions of fun confidence building in the great outdoors!
Group sessions investment for participation is $595 for all seven sessions. Sibling discounts available if there is room in the group.
A current (less than 12 months) OT evaluation is required to participate in group. If your child doesn't have one, we will complete an evaluation to give you a holistic view of your child's strengths and areas for growth. The evaluation rate is $200 for a 1:1 in-person evaluation, online parent assessments and written report that can be re-used in school IEP meetings, with other therapy providers and to support your child in other recreational activities.
Your nature guides
Gina and Ryan are both NJ licensed Occupational therapy practitioners and avid outdoor enthusiasts. They understand how to work with kids in the outdoors to bring out the best in each child. Gina is kind and crafty and loves engaging the group in cooperative play. Ryan brings the challenge and structure to the groups. This teamwork is a great model for the group members and helps demonstrate positive social interactions for children.
Gina and Ryan
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Who is prenatal aquatics best for?Many moms-to-be find that prenatal aquatics is most helpful from 12-36 weeks of pregnancy. Being in the water in the first and second trimester allows you to build strength and maintain flexibility. Prenatal aquatics in the third trimester focuses on relieving aches and pains, swelling
I finally had my first summer pregnancy. I enjoyed the pool so much. My first baby was born in March and I did prenatal aquatics when I was pregnant with her. I know first hand the benefits of prenatal aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy has lots of great benefits for pregnant
Sign up and reserve a spot for your child to get started on a new journey.
Don't hesitate! Spots are limited to eight children in each group. Groups fill fast and we want to help as many families as possible.