Places to Connect

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Social Skills Groups

Alison Ratner Mayer, LICSW

Alison has been working with children and families in therapy in Georgia for years and recently moved to Massachusetts. She has a particular talent for working with children in groups. She is doing amazing work in Needham, helping kids connect and learn how to interact with one another. She offers lots of groups for children and young adults ages 4-22 and support for their siblings and families. She’s even started Music Therapy classes! If you’re in the Eastern Massachusetts area, check out her website, childtherapyinboston.com and contact her.

Play Support

Special Playdate

Special Playdate is a service that connects parents with other parents looking for playdate opportunities for their children. It’s for children with or without special needs so anyone can join and start connecting. They offer in person services to support playdates in the NY area, and they are looking to expand that service to other areas.

Lekotek

Lekotek provides play based family time for families who have children with disabilities. Families can come in once a month and play together with the variety of games in the center. Lekotek provides Family Play Specialists to help support and assist families in learning to play together. There are groups all over the United States, in Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota and Pennsylvania.

Kinnecting

This is a playdate app that connects local parents based on mutual friends, interests and children of similar age. 

Playdate Planet

Another helpful way to set up playdates for families. Just sign up and post a playdate!

 

Camps

TimberNook

Timbernook is a nature based outdoor camp program that runs year round. TimberNook was founded in New Hampshire by Angela Hanscom, a Pediatric OT by training and a mom. Here’s a listing of where they will have camps by the end of 2015:

  • San Francisco, CA*
  • Southern Pines, CA
  • Lakes Region, NH
  • Barrington, NH*
  • Madbury, NH*
  • Brentwood, NH*
  • San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Charlotte, North Carolina*
  • Miami, Florida*
  • Cleveland, Ohio*
  • New Zealand*
  • Cape Cod, MA
  • Long Island, NY

Podcasts

Bringing Up BEtty

Interviews with special needs parents about the struggles and joys of raising children with special needs. Love it!!

We Turned Out Okay

What a great podcast with down to earth advice. Sometimes she interviews guests and other times, she does a shorter podcast talking directly to listeners with some good snippets of information. She also just published a book - Positive Discipline Ninja Tactics!

Family Confidential

This is a resource I found very early on while doing research for Encourage Play. Annie is always interviewing experts on a wide range of topics that relate to parenting, school, bullying, and mental health and disability issues.

The Coffee Klatch

They have great interviews with lots of interesting experts covering a wide variety of topics. They've interviewed Temple Grandin, Russell A. Barkley, PhD, John Elder Robinson and Michelle Garcia Winner.

Extremely Good Parenting Podcast

I recently listened to the episode where one of my favorite bloggers, Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures, was talking about kids melting down in Target parking lots. I have been there, and I totally relate to that!