In response to a growing need from our community, Boyer Children's Clinic has launched the Tiny Stars program in January 2016. This new offering, specifically for children age 10 to 18 months, fills a gap for Boyer families, particularly the ones who only receive services at home.
“We’ve heard from our home-visit parents that they want to learn more about Boyer, see the clinic, and give their children a chance to be around other kids,” says Denise Swanson, Education Coordinator. “Social support and development is so critical at this early age. If children are mostly receiving services at home and don’t have the opportunity for other interaction, then yes, they’re able to sharpen their motor and feeding skills for example, but they’re not benefitting from the social growth that comes with being around their peers.”
The Tiny Stars playgroup meets for an hour once a week. There are currently two sessions, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and classes are intentionally kept small – between four and six children. The program is an excellent foundation for the Toddler Playgroups, which children can participate in once they turn 18 months.
In addition to the many benefits it offers to children, the Tiny Stars program is also a wonderful opportunity for parents to connect and form a community. “We often hear that having a child with special needs can be an isolating experience,” says Denise, “and this is a unique opportunity for families to find support in one another. The sessions are also brief, so parents feel more comfortable giving their younger and/or more medically-fragile children a chance to participate in a short but structured group setting.”
For more information or to register, please contact Denise Swanson at (206) 325-8477 or email email@example.com.