Your child may benefit from participating in this unique and innovative programming. Children may be seen individually or in a small group to address a variety of needs, a medical diagnosis is not necessary to enroll.

Learn more and enroll in winter 2017 SMILES programming!

How do I know if my child could benefit from SMILES?

Indicators to consider include:
  • Easily distracted
  • Impulsivity
  • Hyperactivity/restlessness
  • Reacts to loud noises
  • Clothing is irritating or unbearable
  • Has trouble building social relationships
  • Has trouble communicating
  • Won’t touch or taste certain foods
  • Displays balance and coordination difficulties
  • Has difficulty with hand writing and fine motor construction
  • Has limited interest in recreational and leisure opportunities
If you’re seeking services to support your child’s:
  • Language
  • Learning
  • Social skills
  • Communication skills
  • Sensory processing
  • Mobility
  • Self-care skills
  • Feeding skills


Examples of SMILES for Children groups

P.E.A. Group: Picky Eaters Anonymous is aimed at helping a child become less anxious and more accepting of new or non-preferred foods. The group will help decrease anxiety around food by beginning with a sensory motor warm-up and using peer models in a non-threatening environment. Children will be encouraged to explore a variety of textures and flavors at their own pace. Parent education and resources will be provided to improve feeding behaviors at home.

P.E.A. is led by a speech pathologist and occupational therapist who collaborate to determine why your child is experiencing difficulty when eating and/or drinking. Adequate nutrition and hydration of age appropriate foods/liquids support growth and development and support socialization.

Sensory-Social Group: This group promotes integration of sensory/motor skills which facilitate functional use in activities of daily living. Varied activities advance bilateral integration, eye-hand coordination and overall motor planning while encouraging social communication. Parent education and resources will be provided.

Through a comprehensive sensory based approach an occupational and speech language therapist collaborate to help children develop purposeful adaptive responses to sensory input. For some, the sensory information in the form of touch, sound, smell or the feeling of movement is somehow lacking in interpretation and inappropriate responses occur. The Sensory-Social Group has proven to be an effective strategy in the development of functional sensory integration.

If your child has been denied by insurance or Medical Assistance, you are encouraged to consider S.M.I.L.E.S for Children as an option for individual therapy. Please inquire through our Intake Coordinator as to what groups are currently being scheduled.

Information on Referrals and Fees. (PDF)