Penguin Playgroups

Penguin Playgroups are therapeutic play groups for pre-school and kindergarten-aged children who demonstrate challenges in social, developmental, language, and/or sensory processing skills. The groups consist of four or five children and are led by two certified professionals (social workers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, special educators).

The daily structure of the play group is similar to a typical preschool schedule including "hello" time, guided play choices, semi-structured play, gym time, snack time, and "good-bye" time.

Penguin Playgroup Philosophy

The philosophy is based on the DIR® model (developed by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder) and the Therapeutic Play Group model (developed by Rebecca Shahmoon Shanok). The DIR® model addresses the child’s emotional developmental levels and their individual biological differences within the context of a relationship. The affective-based therapeutic play group model emphasizes empathy, emotional support, and acceptance of the child. Our goal is to maintain an emotional atmosphere that fosters long periods of attention and regulation needed to promote learning and overall developmental growth.