Participate in a group of parents and babies to play, learn, and connect with each other. Parents and babies can expect a 60-minute-long session one time a week for 8 consecutive weeks. Classes will be separated by baby’s age to align with developmental activities. This is a safe and nurturing space to share your feelings and concerns with other parents and with trained professionals.
What makes this different from other parent and me classes?
Parent and me classes at Uplift Therapy Center are created by both an Occupational and Speech therapist, who are experts in child development. Each session will be led by either an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, or both! Our therapists will share their knowledge in achieving milestones and supporting the connection between both caregiver and child.
The class is designed with the needs of both parent and baby in mind. Therapists will share tools to manage challenges and provide you support through your incredible parenting journey. Each class is customized with age-appropriate activities to stimulate social, psychological, emotional, and physical development.
What does a typical class look like?
Topics covered during classes will include gross and fine motor development, communication skills, social participation, feeding and picky eating, music and sensory development, arts and play time.
Here is the general structure of classes:
- Hello Song
- Free Play
- Therapist led activity
- Snack time
- Goodbye Song
Each class will begin and end with a song. During free play, the therapists will guide parents on how to access the sensory gym safely and help encourage their babies to safely explore the world around them. During structured play, therapists will facilitate activities such as arts and crafts, music and movement, fine motor, self-care, and other developmentally appropriate activities. During snack time, therapists will address oral motor development and picky eating. Snacks will be provided! During the last 5 minutes of the class, parents will have time to discuss any additional questions or concerns that may arise.
What to wear to class?
Come dressed in comfortable clothes, as you will be engaging in various activities alongside your baby. Most of the session will be in the sensory gym so please have socks for both you and the baby (grip socks are preferred). There is parking in front of the clinic as well as additional parking right under the building. Please contact us for additional questions.