GROUPS OFFERED AT KEY CONNECTIONS CONSULTING
Key Connections Consulting Inc. offers a variety of groups to support children, youth, adults and parents/caregivers. These groups are tailored for the individuals attending the programs to ensure successful outcomes. All groups are run with the support of qualified professionals (e.g. Behaviour Consultant, Counsellor, Occupational Therapist, and/or Speech-Language Pathologist). The following groups are offered at various times throughout the year:
THERAPEUTIC COUNSELLING GROUPS
MindMasters is a fun and versatile program that helps children build positive living skills which they can use anytime, anywhere for the rest of their lives. This is a six week long group appropriate for children 4 to 8, and 9 to 12.
Art Attack: Reaching Children Through Art and Play
Art Attack is a fun way for children to move towards better self-regulation, develop skills which improve behaviour and emotions, and learn ways in which to express themselves. Using Expressive Arts, children ages 5-9 and 10-13 will learn skills in which to improve overall health and wellness. This is a 6 session group.
SIBS: Supporting Individuals, Brothers, and Sisters
SIBS is a therapeutic, process orientated group for the brothers and/or sisters of a child with a disability. It will run for 6 weeks using expressive therapies to process their experiences they have had living with an individual with a disability. For children 6-9 and 10-13.
Filial Therapy: Child Parent Relationship Therapy
Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, a 10-session filial therapy model is based on the notion that parents are agents of change with their children and that the relationship between parent and child is the key to successful and meaningful changes within the family. Parents are taught how to better understand their child’s emotions, how to increase their child’s abilities to be self-directed and self-reliant, and change their perception of their child. The objective of CPRT is to reduce “symptoms”, develop coping strategies and increase levels of self-esteem and self-worth.
Frustration and Anxiety Group
This group focuses on children who may require strategies to support social skill development and to cope with anxiety and frustration by recognizing his or her internal strengths. Children will be provided with "tools" to help manage challenging moments.
Parent/Caregiver Information Sessions (Support Group)
Parent/Caregiver Information Sessions occur on a monthly basis. The information presented each session is based on a topic chosen by the participants (e.g. behaviour, co-parenting, toileting). During sessions, there is a balance between learning new information on a specific theme and brainstorming ideas and strategies with other participants.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY GROUPS
Children who are problem feeders have the opportunity to explore and interact with new food items. Children will participate in sensory motor activities to ready their systems for the challenging activity of eating. Families will receive education on how to support their child's progress at home and it implement strategies into family meals at home. *Assessment required prior to group enrollment.
How Does Your Engine Run Group
This group teaches children and their families to be aware of how different sensory experiences impact their levels of arousal and sensory regulation. The group will follow the stages of the How Does your Engine Run Program working toward better self awareness and self regulation using sensory strategies.
This group helps children learn the important aspects of letter formation using multi-sensory strategies. Letter formation strategies are based on the Handwriting Without Tears Program. Children will have fun with Fine Motor Olympic activities that will help to strengthen the small muscles in the hand, improve eye hand coordination, and crossing mid line skills. Parents will receive education and support about how to continue activities and strategies at home.
Sensory Motor Camp - based on "Learn to Move, Move to Learn" Program
This is a theme play based group that will support children to develop self regulation and focus attention skills through improved integration of their sensory systems. The activities are organized to stimulate each of the sensory systems to work toward being able to complete a focused fine motor task at the end of each session.
Visual Perception Group
This group is created for children who have weaknesses with visual perceptual and vestibular integration skills. Children and their families learn how to strengthen and better integrate these sensory areas through play. With stronger visual perceptual and vestibular skills children will experience more confidence and success in reading, writing and self care tasks.
SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY GROUPS
Pretend Play Group
Research shows that playing is an essential way for children to develop a variety of skills which will help them through life. However, many children have challenges with pretending and playing in an imaginative way. KCC staff will be providing information about different stages of pretend play, as well as sharing tips and strategies to help parents encourage their children to play in a more imaginative way.
Speech Sound Summer Camp
Speech Sound Summer Camp is a small group led by a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) focusing on correct production of speech sounds. All children who make speech sound errors are welcome to attend, whether they make errors on one sound or multiple sounds. This group includes parent participation, as child and parent will work together on sounds and strategies will be provided for practice in the home. Goals of the group include teaching parents and children cues for encouraging speech sounds, practicing speech sounds in a natural, play-based way, providing strategies for incorporating speech sound practice into everyday life, and educating parents about speech sound errors and providing support for “what comes next” in practicing sounds.
This 6 session intergenerational group is designed with families in mind! Meeting at various Lethbridge parks, children and parents come together to actively participate in cooperative games, social exercises, group sing-a-longs and snack times, for the purpose of supporting parents to assist their children in further developing and prompting skills in the areas of flexibility, adaptability, and socailization.
Life Skill Groups
These groups are designed to provide youth with opportunities for developing friendships, learning social rules, basic money skills, hygiene skills, and basic cooking skills.
Please contact our office for more information or to register at 403-524-2522.