Sensory Social Hour

Summer 2019

This group is for children ages 3.5 to 5 years old who need additional support with self-regulation and social communication skills. The small, play-based classes foster social development, while promoting individual growth. Children's strengths and interests are incorporated into fun, hands on activities that promote self-confidence, while working on areas of weaknesses.

The focus of this group is to introduce and practice social skills needed to establish and maintain friendships, in a nurturing and supportive environment. Children will develop their understanding of their sensory needs, their feelings, and empathy towards others. Children will learn to share, negotiate, take turns, and strengthen verbal expressions to maintain reciprocal interactions with peers.

 
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Andria Procopio, M.S., OTR/L, CHHC

Andria obtained her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Seton Hall University.  She holds a certification in Holistic Health Coaching from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is also trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding.  Andria is a staff occupational therapist at LearningSpring School.  She also works with children and their families in-home and consults with local schools in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  She founded of A Well Fed Mind - a North Brooklyn-based private practice.

Andria has worked with both adults and children with various disabilities within the clinical, home, and school-based settings.  She specializes in autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, learning disabilities, and developmental delays.  Her philosophy is that in order to have a well fed mind, we must receive nourishment from healthy foods, fulfilling relationships, and a supportive environment.  In her work, Andria combines traditional occupational therapy treatment approaches with functional medicine and nutrition to increase therapy outcomes for those with learning disabilities, social emotional difficulties, and sensory processing issues.

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Arefa Mohamed, M.A., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Arefa Mohamed is Brooklyn-based, New York State certified speech-language therapist (SLP).  She has more than a decade of experience working with children in the clinical, home, and school settings.  She specializes in language acquisition and play development, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and learning disabilities.  Arefa has presented on a range of language-based topics, including The Impact of Play on Academic and Social Development at the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2011), New York State Association of Independent Schools (2017), and Young Child Expo New York Conference (2019).  

 

Arefa believes that a collaborative relationship with a child and their family is an essential component for success in working together.  She works from a developmental approach, meeting each child at their current functional level and builds upon their skills to support ongoing development.  She utilizes dynamic assessments and a child-directed approach in therapy.  As each child has unique strengths and challenges, Arefa strives to understand a child’s complete profile, including their sensory, motor, and emotional development to support her work in speech and language therapy.  

 

 

Individual Speech And Language Therapy

Developmental delays in any area(s) of speech and language can affect a child’s ability to fully understand and navigate their environment, including to communicate their desires, ideas, and feelings. This may affect a child’s ability to self-regulate, access academic concepts, and build relationships. Therapy supports development in a fun and meaningful way by targeting goals using a child’s interests and strengths.

Speech and language therapy can identify and develop skills in the following areas:

  • Speech Development (Articulation)

  • Language Development (Receptive and Expressive Language)

  • Executive Functioning (Working Memory, Problem Solving, Organization, & Planning)

  • Play

  • Social Skills

For more information, contact Arefa at amslpnyc@gmail.com or (347) 551-2719

Individual Occupational Therapy

Delays in sensory or motor development can impact a child’s ability to participate in their occupations (play, school, and self-care). This may affect their ability to navigate their environment and gain independence. Engaging, multi-sensory activities are utilized to promote growth in the following skills and developmental areas:

  • Fine Motor & Gross Motor

  • Visual Motor/Perception

  • Handwriting and Keyboarding

  • Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration

  • Executive Functioning

  • Self-care Routines: Feeding/Nutrition, Sleep, Dressing, Hygiene

  • Play and Social Skills

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Mindfulness

For more information, contact Andria at (908) 309-7298 and check out www.awellfedmind.co

Individual Feeding Therapy

Many factors can cause a young child to become a picky eater, including sensory processing difficulties and oral motor delays in sucking, swallowing, or chewing. Before a child can be expected to eat a variety of healthy foods, they must learn how to manage different textures, tastes, and smells. Therapy will focus on expanding a child’s repertoire of preferred foods through a gentle, play-based approach.

Arefa and Andria are trained in The Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) approach. SOS is a developmental feeding therapy that allows children to interact with food in an engaging, non-stressful way.