Open gym is designed to be a supervised play date using a sensory processing and regulation philosophy. It is 90 minutes of sensory fun and play in a supervised setting. Mediation is provided as needed but the goal is to get children to follow safety rules and learn to negotiate play with their peers while staying regulated. As such it is neutral territory. What I mean by that is that having a play date at one’s own house or our friends is loaded with pit falls for children with sensory processing difficulties. Home is the child’s beacon of comfort which is as it should be, but this is especially so with a child who gets overwhelmed by the outside world.
In Open Gym all swings, games and toys are community owned as shared. Each child is given what they need around rules of fairness and need. The children learn to share and to be sensitive to one another’s needs and differences. Children will experience gross motor and sensory play followed with an organizing calming activity. Ninety minutes is a good length of time for these play dates and we limit the number of children to 10 on a first come first served basis. You must reserve a slot at our website at: gettlconline.com
Your children’s friends and siblings are welcome to attend, you do not need to be a client. If your child has a special playmate and they need some help learning to work it out feel free to come. Open Gym is appropriate for 4-7 year olds who are independently potty trained. The cost is $50.00/per child. Our next Open Gym will take place on Saturday, November 14th, 10:30 am-12:00 noon. We look forward to seeing you there!