Group Programs

My dear brothers and sisters, we are already one…what we have to recover is our original unity. – Thomas Merton

Group Programs Offered at The Therapy Tree

Our group programs are an important part of the services we provide at The Therapy Tree, in Lake Villa, Illinois. Participation in our group programs provides social and emotional support to families in different ways. Children gain social skills, self-confidence, and learn to have fun with their peers. Parents find support and learn from each other in parent groups.

Listed here are Group Programs that offered throughout the year. If you are not sure about are Group Programs and are looking for something different, please contact us. Suggestions are always welcome as we want to fulfill lifelong enrichment in our local communities, in Northeastern Illinois and Southeastern Wisconsin as possible.

Specialized Reading & Writing Therapy Groups

Many children may be struggling in reading and spelling but the school system may not be identifying them as requiring additional help early enough. We aim to fill the critical gap that often exists, with the goal to keep children on a successful, confident, and less-stressful path in school without having them fall behind.

Details

Many children may be struggling in reading and spelling but the school system may not be identifying them as requiring additional help early enough. We aim to fill the critical gap that often exists, with the goal to keep children on a successful, confident, and less-stressful path in school without having them fall behind.

Reading and writing difficulties are most often a language-based learning problem. Most children experiencing these difficulties can become good readers and writers with the proper support such as speech and language therapy. Reading and writing difficulties are common with disorders such as ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia/apraxia, auditory processing disorder, and specific language impairment. However, many children may be struggling in reading, spelling, and writing but are not always identified as having a delay or needing additional help.

If your child has any of the following warning signs, you may want your child to have a speech and language evaluation:

  • Difficulty recognizing letters and “sounds” for letters
  • Difficulty sounding out words
  • Difficulty spelling or writing words
  • Difficulty putting thoughts into sentences or writing a short paragraph about a topic
  • Difficulty understanding what is read or answering questions about reading assignments

About The Group

The Therapy Tree offers specialized reading programs as individual therapy, small group therapy or a combination of both. Children often benefit from participating in a small group of 2-4 peers working on similar goals. Specialized reading therapy sessions may be conducted by Dr. Kathie Kennelly, SLP and Ashley McDowell, SLP. Therapy focuses on improving phonemic awareness, memory, vocabulary, visualization, comprehension, reading fluency, figurative language, and verbal and written organization. Visualization and use of visual support materials is a critical component to achieving improvement in reading and writing. A combination of several therapy techniques are used to gain improvements in these skill sets. The following list provides some of the techniques used:

  • Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech (LiPS)®
  • The Nancibell® Seeing Stars® Symbol Imagery for Phonological and Orthographic Processing and Reading and Spelling
  • Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking®
  • The Phonemic Awareness Program, Dr. Michael Hagerty
  • Thinking Maps, Daniel Hyerle
  • EMPOWER Writing Program, Dr. Bonnie Singer and Dr. Anthony Bashir
  • The Learning Ladder, Dr. Elizabeth Wiig

Please contact us at info@thetherapytree.org, call us at 847.265.7300, or view our Speech Language Pathology page for more information about our services, or to inquire about speech and language therapy services for your child.

We would be happy to talk with you about your concerns and your child’s needs.

*All groups are subject to change based on enrollment it is best to call for most current schedules. Services may be billable to insurance. The Therapy Tree follows American Medical Association standards for insurance billing unless otherwise directed by payer specific guidelines.

SPOT Group

This is a small group program created to support developmental growth for children ages three through 6 years of age, in Early Childhood or Kindergarten, whom could benefit from extra help with socializing and developing skills with children their age.

Details

This is a small group program created to support developmental growth for children ages three through 6 years of age, in Early Childhood or Kindergarten.

The groups combine Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology to focus on the development of language, literacy, sensory processing and fine motor skills. A large part of these groups is geared towards facilitating socialization with similar aged peers.

Each group has a maximum of four children and follows a structured routine designed around a popular children’s book. Each month has a new fun and educational theme.

Please contact our office at info@thetherapytree.org, call us at 847.265.7300, or view our Pediatric Services page or Adult Services page for more information about our services, or to inquire about services for your child or family.

We would be happy to talk with you about your needs and concerns, as well as your child’s needs.

* All groups are subject to change based on enrollment it is best to call for most current schedules. Services may be billable to insurance. The Therapy Tree follows American Medical Association standards for insurance billing unless otherwise directed by payer specific guidelines.

Children of Divorce Groups

Run by Heidi Wodrich, a licensed psychotherapist and certified elementary teacher, children ages 7 to 12 years of age will learn to explore and express their feelings through creative arts, games, stories, videos, and group discussions. The group teach them how to address issues related to divorce all while having fun, making friends, learning new skills and playing!

Details

Run by Heidi Wodrich, a licensed psychotherapist and certified elementary teacher, children ages 7 to 12 years of age will learn to explore and express their feelings through creative arts, games, stories, videos, and group discussions. The group teach them how to address issues related to divorce all while having fun, making friends, learning new skills and playing!

Children will learn about:

  • Identifying and expressing feelings associated with the separation/divorce
  • Dealing with anger over the changes
  • Facing fears and worries
  • Redefining “family”
  • Discussions of step families
  • Moving forward

About the Group

We offer two 6- week sessions, Saturdays from 10:00am – 11:00am. We typically put children on a waiting list until the group has enough children signed up to be an effective group. We will post the session dates as soon as they are determined. We also offer services such as family therapy, pediatric counseling, marriage/couples counseling, individual counseling, parent support groups, and many other family-centered and total mind-body wellness services.

Please contact Zaida Medina at info@thetherapytree.org, call us at 847.265.7300, or view our Pediatric Counseling Services page or Adult Services page for more information about our services, or to inquire about services for your child or family.

We would be happy to talk with you about your needs and concerns, as well as your child’s needs.

* All groups are subject to change based on enrollment it is best to call for most current schedules. Services may be billable to insurance. The Therapy Tree follows American Medical Association standards for insurance billing unless otherwise directed by payer specific guidelines.

Social Buddies

Led by collaborative efforts of occupational therapy, speech language pathology, and clinical social work the Social Buddies Groups incorporate the new Social Sense curriculum and help children with listening and responding to friends in conversation, developing empathy/social awareness, and learning self-regulation.

Details

Come have fun with your peers while improving your social skills! Social Buddies helps children, in 2nd through 6th grades, interact positively with their peers while engaging in fun activities.

Groups will incorporate the new Social Sense curriculum and will help children with listening and responding to friends in conversation, developing empathy/social awareness, and learning self-regulation.

Social Buddies group programs are led by Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. This group meets on Wednesdays from 4:30pm – 5:30pm.

Please contact our office at info@thetherapytree.org, call us at 847.265.7300, or view our Pediatric Services page or Adult Services page for more information about our services, or to inquire about other services for your child or family.

We would be happy to talk with you about your needs and concerns, as well as your child’s needs.

* All groups are subject to change based on enrollment it is best to call for most current schedules. Services may be billable to insurance. The Therapy Tree follows American Medical Association standards for insurance billing unless otherwise directed by payer specific guidelines.

Social Skills Training Groups

Children from 5-8 years of age and 9-12 years of age can participate in groups that will teach them how to interact with same aged peers, personal space/boundaries and much more all while having fun, making friends, learning new skills and playing!

Details

Children from 5-8 years of age and 9-12 years of age can participate in groups that will teach them how to interact with same aged peers, personal space/boundaries and much more all while having fun, making friends, learning new skills and playing!

Children will learn:

  • Appropriate interactions with same aged peers
  • Feeling Recognition
  • Affect Regulation
  • How to initiate play
  • How to maintain friendships
  • Personal space and boundaries

About the Group

In a safe and familiar environment, we encourage our kiddos to participate actively in our social skills groups. Having therapists run the group programs, allows for the strengthening of skills, practicing the use of new skills, all while having necessary support to help them gain the confidence, social interaction, and communication skills that boost their independence and success with furthering their life skills.

Please contact our office at info@thetherapytree.org, call us at 847.265.7300, or view our Pediatric Services page for more information about our services, or to inquire about services for your child or family.

We would be happy to talk with you about your needs and concerns, as well as your child’s needs.

* All groups are subject to change based on enrollment it is best to call for most current schedules. Services may be billable to insurance. The Therapy Tree follows American Medical Association standards for insurance billing unless otherwise directed by payer specific guidelines.

Teen Girls’ Therapy Group

Our Teen Girls’ Therapy group program is for high school girls aged 14 through 18 and is facilitated by one of our Licensed Clinical Social Workers. This group provides a safe environment where girls can come to learn, share, heal and grow as they develop effective coping strategies, a more positive self-image and healthier relationships.

Details

Our Teen Girls’ Therapy group program is for high school girls aged 14 through 18 and is facilitated by one of our Licensed Clinical Social Workers. This group provides a safe environment where girls can come to learn, share, heal and grow as they develop effective coping strategies, a more positive self-image and healthier relationships.

Being a teenage girl isn’t easy. Many people spend years of their adult lives trying to heal from the emotional and psychological scars left by adolescents. Early treatment can help heal existing trauma and provide the tools to help girls avoid future difficulties.

The social world that teenage girls have to navigate can be stressful, challenging and overwhelming. Bullying, low self-esteem, drugs, alcohol, sex, peer pressure, social media and dating are just a few of the problems that our teens face. It’s no wonder that many teenage girls struggle with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and emotional difficulties.

The goal of this group is to not just to teach girls to survive their teen years but to help them thrive as they learn to become the best versions of themselves! The Teen Girls’ Therapy Group meets on Fridays from 4:30pm – 5:30pm.

Please contact Zaida Medina at info@thetherapytree.org, call us at 847.265.7300, or view our Pediatric Services page for more information about our services, or to inquire about other services for your child or family.

We would be happy to talk with you about your needs and concerns, as well as your child’s needs.

* All groups are subject to change based on enrollment it is best to call for most current schedules. Services may be billable to insurance. The Therapy Tree follows American Medical Association standards for insurance billing unless otherwise directed by payer specific guidelines.

Child’Space – The Chava Shelhav Method

Child’Space – the Chava Shelhav method helps parents and caregivers support their child’s healthy development especially during the critical period from birth to the stage of independent walking.

Details

The Therapy Tree’s, Lead Therapists and Co-Founders Carol Bettendorf, PT, MS, PCS and Rebecca Cain, OT facilitate the Child’Space classes. Both Carol and Rebecca have completed Chava’s 2 year, 300 academic hour training course and are Certified in Child’Space.

About the Class

Child’Space – the Chava Shelhav method helps parents and caregivers support their child’s healthy development especially during the critical period from birth to the stage of independent walking. The following description is based upon a paper that Chava wrote describing her work with Child’Space.

Chava Shelhav has had 40 years of experience, working with clients of all ages using the Feldenkrais Method®. She was Moshe Feldenkrais’s Personal Assistant for 21 years, traveling and working with him. In these years of experience, she came to understand that the roots of many problems experienced by adults can be traced to early childhood or even infancy. Thus Child’Space – the Chava Shelhav Method was born. The method is based on stimulating the motor, cognitive, and mental systems involved in infant development.

During the baby’s first year, the motor system develops in concert with the skeletal and neuromuscular systems. This is the year that lays the foundation for voluntary movement. Infants, whose development deviates from the norm, may later exhibit difficulties such as poor balance, attention disorders or difficulties holding a pencil or playing with a ball. These factors influence social development, meeting challenges, independent problem solving, and more.

Meeting with many babies and mothers, Chava observed signs of problematic development (significant, yet sub clinical issues) in numerous infants whose development was considered normal. Early intervention made it easier to address those developmental related issues. The benefits to the infant were often immediately visible and richer social interaction was rewarding for the parents. There is no child too young to benefit from the positive effects of touch and communication.

Chava believes that parents should be more actively involved in their child’s development. Since these skills are not necessarily instinctive, parent s often need to learn how to knowledgeably observe and support their baby’s development.

Please contact Carol Bettendorf or Rebecca Cain at info@thetherapytree.org, call us at 847.265.7300, or view our Pediatric Services page or Adult Services page for more information about our services, or to inquire about other services for your child or family.

We would be happy to talk with you about your questions, concerns, and your child’s needs.

* All groups are subject to change based on enrollment it is best to call for most current schedules. Services may be billable to insurance. The Therapy Tree follows American Medical Association standards for insurance billing unless otherwise directed by payer specific guidelines.


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