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TKidsTime

CREATING MEANINGFUL OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING

TKidsTime   is an exceptional program guided by the principle that learning occurs best when children are engaged socially, emotionally and intellectually by creating opportunities for learning that are natural, meaningful and purposeful.  

Our program is a program for children under the age of 6, who need support with social interactions, language and communication, sensory processing abilities/managing behaviors  to get ready for a traditional school setting.

TKidsTime   focuses on understanding each child’s unique strengths and needs to design an individualized plan to maximize their participation and learning.

Informed And Inspired By The DIR/Floortime Model

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What Is TKidsTime?

TKidsTime

TKidsTime   is an exceptional program guided by the principle that learning occurs best when children are engaged socially, emotionally and intellectually by creating opportunities for learning that are natural, meaningful and purposeful.  

Our program is a program for children under the age of 6, who need support with social interactions, language and communication, sensory processing abilities/managing behaviors  to get ready for a traditional school setting.

TKidsTime   focuses on understanding each child’s unique strengths and needs to design an individualized plan to maximize their participation and learning.

Schedule and Group Size

  • Monday through Thursday
  • Three hours per day
  • Groups size: 3-5 children
  • 1:3 adult-to-child ratio

Informed And Inspired By The following Practice Models:

  • DIR/Floortime
  • HighScope and Reggio  Emilia
  • Play Project
  • Social Thinking

How Can TKidsTime Help Your Child?

TKidsTime   gets children “school ready” by focusing on:

  • Following consistent daily  routines
  • Participation in group activities  and semi-structured tasks
  • Play that offers rich sensory  experiences for learning through the senses
  • Experiences that encourage  curiosity and problem solving
  • Fostering creative play and pre- academic skills
  • Increasing independence with  toileting and self-care
  • Building social skills by targeting  communication of wants and  needs, turn taking, attention to  others
  • Improving attention span,  frustration tolerance and ability  to follow directions
  • Increasing comprehension  and expression in a  variety of contexts

TKidsTime   is run by Occupational  Therapists and Speech and Language Pathologists to strengthen developmental skills in the following areas:

  • Executive functioning (self control,  attention to tasks, problem solving,  and more)
  • Interest and attention to play
  • Anticipation and curiosity
  • Improving engagement with adults and peers
  • Communication
  • Listening and comprehension
  • Social interactions
  • Imitation of movements
  • Imitation of actions
  • Symbolic and pretend play
  • Sensory processing
  • Gross Motor – Movement control
  • Fine motor
  • Pre-writing
  • Self-care

 

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Life Skills Outing: Brunch!

Everyone loves sharing a meal with friends! Setting time to eat together with friends and family is therapeutic and good for our well-being. It gives us the opportunity to talk, reflect, joke and share our experiences with each other as we build and strengthen relationships. Whether we share a meal at home or at a restaurant, the experience should always be an enjoyable one full of good interactions and flavors! We know; however, that many times eating out becomes a difficult experience for our families. With this in mind, The TkidsT team took advantage of this past teacher planning day to share a meal with our kiddos, using the occasion to work on important life skills as well as social/pragmatic abilities.

During this session, our 9 to 12-year-olds had the opportunity to practice these skills in a real-life setting. As a group, they planned for the outing: picked a date, searched for restaurants, perused menus, discussed methods of transportation, problem-solved what clothes were appropriate to wear, discussed how much money to take and went over safety and behavior expectations. Needless to say, they were very excited and counting the days for this special event.

The day arrived, and our kids came ready with their wallets and appetite! We met at our facility to prepare. Each of them was responsible for bringing appropriate clothing for the event and many were able to work on specific dressing skills; from simple things like buttoning their shirts and donning them using correct orientation, to more advanced skills like getting ready within an allotted time frame to meet the time constraints. Others needed support with skills such as grooming and brushing their hair. Once they were ready, we walked as a group to a nearby restaurant for a delicious brunch! On our way there, we worked on plenty of safety awareness precautions such as: staying with the group, stopping and checking before crossing a street, staying on the sidewalk and following directions.

Once at the table, the kids had to calculate what was an appropriate menu choice based on their own specific budget. Some of the kids needed support to deal with the frustration of not finding exactly what they were hoping for. Therapists modeled and assisted the children in developing the social skills necessary to interact and communicate with the waiter. After ordering the food, we were able to engage in conversational exchanges. Everyone was attentive and in their best behavior. We talked about the importance of taking turns, maintaining topic of conversation and incorporating others’ ideas. As we ate, we worked on the fine-motor coordination skills necessary to use the utensils appropriately. It was a beautiful and fun experience for these kids, that allowed them to learn new skills and connect with each other as group. After all that’s what TKidsT is all about: supporting child’s development through relationships. 

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TKidsT Holiday Celebration

The holiday season is just around the corner! This year TkidsT will be donating gifts for the less fortunate children at PATCHES, a pediatric extended care unit dedicated to help children with both sub-acute and chronic conditions in Homestead, FL. The center accommodates children who require the support of ventilators, tracheotomies, oxygen therapy, and feeding tubes, or who have other special medical needs.
We would like to invite you and your child to be part of this beautiful project by either donating $10 or participating in our Spooky Bake Sale (With items baked by our TkidsT children), happening right before our Annual TkidsT Halloween Party on October 25th, 2018.
Through this project, not only our kids will be learning about the abstract concept of empathy, but they will be practicing many independent living skills. Our older children will be responsible for organizing the donations and they will be working on money management, problem-solving, working memory and many other skills. All children will be helping sort and wrap these gifts allowing them to work on motor planning, visual-motor and fine-motor coordination skills.
The gifts bought and wrapped by children from TKIDST will be taken to PATCHES on December 21st 2018. With your donation will be making the life of sixty-nine less fortunate children happier <3
Thank you so much for your collaboration.
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Cooking at Bonanza Farms with TKidsT!

This past month, our TKidsT families as well as other children who joined us, had an unforgettable experience at our latest event, Cooking at Bonanza Farms! Our cooking groups have been motivating our children and have also been hands on in helping them learn and practice so many different skills all while having what’s most important, FUN!

We decided to repeat this event because have this unique cooking experience at a farm helps create picture-perfect memories with parents and friends. Bonanza Farm is a magical place for our children as there are a host of things to see and do! The children enjoyed the variety of animals such as horses, ponies, rabbits, goats, hens and who could forget Nati, their charming doe.

Being out in the open nature, having all the animals around, the kids were fascinated beyond belief. From playing with friends at the playground to participating in a hands-on cooking experience, the children did not even notice their actions were developing their language and listening skills! They were following steps and learning to wait and take turns. They also were able to explore their senses by using their bare hands while making Argentinian empanadas, touching hens, holding eggs used during cooking as well as smelling and tasting the empanadas and cookies!

At the end of the cooking event at Bonanza Farm, the children appreciated their unique experience that allowed them to PLAY but most importantly improve their social interactions and develop their self-confidence and price. Truly a great day!

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