STAR CREW Program
Communicating, Relationship-building, Exploring sensation, Working together
The STAR CREW Program builds social cognition and awareness,
communication, problem-solving skills, and interactive play skills for
children ages 3 years and up.
- Expands non-verbal and verbal social language skills
- Increases ability to initiate social interaction with peers
- Improves social awareness and social problem solving
- Increases ability to self-regulate during play-based social interaction
Social skills lessons are taught within the context of games and play while meeting a child’s individual sensory needs. The program is geared for verbal children that have basic peer awareness and would benefit from therapeutic activities to build reciprocal interactions. These positive experiences are foundational building blocks for a child’s social development.
Individual and group therapy can be concurrent. Small groups are a perfect transition for children who have completed individual therapy, but are not yet ready to take on the YMCA! Children who have traveled to STAR Institute from afar may also wish to participate in groups if our groups that are scheduled are appropriate for the particular individual. Individual Therapy during either the morning or afternoon and Group Therapy during the other part of the day can sometimes be arranged, depending on the groups that are currently in process.
We plan our groups around the children and their interests. We find a set of children with similar needs and if timing permits we group the children together to provide socially appropriate groups.
Read our 6 Tips for Building Social Skills
2021 Sessions - In-person
February 1 - March 3 | Mondays & Wednesdays • Ages 3-5 | 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Cost: $960 ($150 deposit to hold your spot, balance due when you arrive)
Imagine Adventure Club
This online social club uses tabletop games to build community, teamwork, self-confidence, and flexibility in a setting that is motivating, exciting, and enjoyable. Children will play board games and interactive games with peers in a fun and safe virtual space where they can be themselves, learn to express themselves, and learn to make friends. For ages 7-10 years old.
2021 Dates - Online:
January 6 - January 27 | Mondays & Wednesdays - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
COST: $360 for 8 sessions
United Kingdom - After School Program
2 February - 23 March | Tuesdays - 4:00PM - 4:45PM GMT / 9:00AM - 9:45AM MST
COST: £270 / $360 for 8 sessions
The BRIDGE Program
Better Relationships, Interactions, Development and Growth through Engagement
The STAR BRIDGE Program provides an opportunity for two children to build basic interactional and early social awareness and cognition skills while having fun. For ages 3 and up.
- Facilitated by STAR Institute staff
- Increases awareness of peers
- Expands play
- Builds turn taking
- Reinforces following a schedule and using routines to maintain arousal level and building engagement skills
The program is geared for children who have had individual occupational or speech therapy and would benefit from fun therapeutic activities with another child that will be matched to increase social awareness skills and increase their ability to initiate play.
BRIDGE Programs are also based on interest and can be scheduled throughout the year.