"Next Step's" Small Group Global Program
Parent/Caregiver Participation Program
Next Step's small group global program is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary (occupational, physical, speech therapy, along with social/emotional, cognitive and adaptive self-care skill building) program designed for children from 12 to 36 months of age who are demonstrating delays in development with a sensory and/or motor-based origin, with difficulties in cognition, social-emotional and communication skills.
Our program is three hours long and all activities are play-based and child-oriented. The goals of our group program include, but are not limited to: Improving communication skills (intent, joint attention, and symbolic behavior) Improving emotional regulation (support emotional well-being to assist children to be more available for social interaction and learning) Improving sensory processing, Improving peer interactions, Improving play skills, Improving acquisition of motor skills, Improving transitions between activities, Purposeful parent and caregiver education.
Embedded in the program are Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Adaptive Self/Care, and Social Emotional/Social Communication Therapy.
Providing services in natural environments is not just the law, but more importantly, it reflects the core mission of early intervention, which is to support families to provide learning opportunities for their child within the activities, routines, and events of everyday life; Early intervention should be a truly family-centered process that ensures young children with disabilities and their families receive early intervention services and supports as part of their daily routines and activities; A child’s parents and other family members are usually the primary individuals supporting and nurturing the child’s growth, development and learning. Appropriate to their needs, young children with disabilities have a right to receive services in the natural settings of their home or places in which children without disabilities participate in order to increase the opportunities for all children to learn,play, and interact together.