Misericordia Univeristy to hold occupational therapy sensory play group


Free 12-week program first of its kind at Misericordia

By Eileen Godin - [email protected]



Free 12-week program first of its kind at Misericordia

By Eileen Godin

[email protected]

DALLAS — Misericordia University’s Occupational Therapy Sensory Play Group for children with social impairments is filled.

The Department of Occupational Therapy at Misericordia University in Dallas will hold a free 12-week program to help children learn gross and fine motor skills as well as socialization skills, said Orley Templeton, an assistant occupational therapy professor at Misericordia University.

This is the first time the Back Mountain school has organized an event to connect children with students in the University’s Occupational Therapy master’s degree program. The overwhelming response has organizers thinking about holding the Sensory Play Group again.

“We are at full capacity for the program,” Templeton said. “We received a lot more response than I thought.”

The program consists of two, one-hour sessions each week from Jan. 28 through April 8 on the second floor of John J. Passan Hall.

Each week will have different themed activities, she said.

The first week the children will be building a spaceship together, Templeton said.

The activity will involve a combination of social and physical skills to make a spaceship with a variety of arts and craft supplies, including pipe cleaners, paper, cardboard and more.

“The idea is for the children to develop skills through meaningful activities,” Templeton said.

The program will also offer parents 30-minute individualized occupational therapy sessions to help their children reach personal goals.

Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews

Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews

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