Because the development of play and language are highly connected, children with speech or language difficulties are often left behind or frustrated when playing with peers. In play, children begin to negotiate roles, talk about what they’re doing (“I’ll be the mom, you be the baby”), and engage in social conversation. Aletta Sinoff, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D, COBA, uses groups to help children develop and practice their speech and communication skills in real time with peers.
Therapeutic Play Groups typically consist of 2-3 children who have difficulty playing with peers or getting along in social groups because of an underlying language or communication impairment.
Many children who benefit from these play groups will also be involved in individual speech-language therapy. Dr. Sinoff can provide individual therapy or coordinate with your child’s speech-language therapist.
Please Note: We also offer Social Skills Groups. These groups may be more appropriate for children who struggle in the same areas, but whose challenges are due to something other than speech-language development.