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Nature-based Social Groups in The Bay Area

When learning social skills, nothing replaces the power of a group. 

 

We address:

  • Play skills for cooperating in the classroom or playground

  • Problem solving with other people

  • Managing emotions when others challenge ideas or decide something different

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seedlings friday group

8-WEEK SOCIAL EMOTIONAL GROUP

Location: Glen Canyon Park, San Francisco

Dates: Every Friday from October 6th - December 8th

(no group on 11/10 or 11/24)

Time: 11:30-1:00 pm 

Cost: $800

Who: 3 and 4 year olds 

 

Group limited to 4 kids

Seedlings is a social group with a focus on providing interest-based and neurodiversity-affirming social connection in the great outdoors!

Hands on, motivating activities in a sensory rich setting to target development in:

  • Authentic play with peers

  • Problem solving

  • Self-advocacy & communication

  • Self regulation and co-regulation

  • Sharing spaces and ideas with others

  • Following a group plan

  • Sensory processing, fine motor and gross motor play

Details:

  • 8 week series for 3 and 4 year olds

  • Led by a skilled pediatric OT

  • Weekly summaries to help with carryover

  • Meets rain or shine!

  • Includes 30-minute Zoom meeting with lead OT at the end of group series 

some fall groups are full! 

stay tuned for
new groups in january

tinkers monday group

8-WEEK SOCIAL EMOTIONAL GROUP

Location: Glen Canyon Park, San Francisco

Dates: Every Monday from October 2nd - December 4th

(no group on 10/9 or 11/20)

Time: 3:45-5:15

Cost: $800

Who: TK and Kindergartners  

 

Group limited to 4 kids

Tinkers is a social group with a focus on providing interest-based and neurodiversity-affirming social connection in the great outdoors. 

Hands on, motivating activities in a sensory rich setting to target development in:

  • Authentic play with peers

  • Problem solving

  • Self-advocacy & communication

  • Self regulation and co-regulation

  • Sharing spaces and ideas with others

  • Following a group plan

  • Sensory processing, fine motor and gross motor play

Details:

  • 8 week series for TK and kindergartners 

  • Led by a skilled pediatric OT

  • Weekly summaries to help with carryover

  • Meets rain or shine!

  • Includes 30-minute Zoom meeting with lead OT at the end of group series 

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Group of Friends Going on Excursion
  • Who is this group for?  Kindergarteners and 1st graders

  • Meets at Glen Park in San Francisco 

  • 10 week series

  • Meets weekly on Tuesdays (3:45-5:15 pm) rain or shine!

  • Group limited to 6 kids

  • Starts on August 22nd

GROUP FULL!

Dates: Every Tuesday
August 22-October 24th


Extra make up sessions:
10/31, 11/7, 11/14
Happy Children

fall sprouts

Sprouts

  • Who is this group for? 1st and 2nd graders

  • Meets at Glen Park in San Francisco 

  • 10 week series

  • Meets weekly on Thursdays (3:45-5:15 pm) rain or shine!

  • Group limited to 6 kids

  • Group starts on August 24th

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FALL trekkers

GROUP FULL!

Dates: Every Thursday
August 24th-October 26th


Extra make up sessions:
11/2, 11/9, 11/16

About Bearfoot's Nature-Based Social Groups

Does your child have difficulty:

  • Making or keeping friends?

  • Regulating their emotions in a group setting?

  • Reading social cues and perspective taking?

  • Resolving conflict or disagreements with peers?

  • Sharing space in a conversation?

  • Demonstrating important social skills like turn taking and winning/losing?

Bearfoot OT’s nature-based social group’s comprehensive curriculum is based on the Social Thinking work of Michelle Garcia Winner¹,  which is appropriate for many different age groups. The curriculum reflects the belief that children can become more socially competent if they understand how the social world works and why specific goals are important in different contexts.

 

Bearfoot OT takes these social lessons and practices their application through outdoor nature play with peers, using the natural environment to help enhance the experience and provide opportunities for creative, problem solving, sensory-rich fun!

 

Every group is individualized based on the participants but always targets: 

  • perspective taking

  • nonverbal language

  • conversation skills

  • monitoring behavior and sensory regulation through play

 

All groups are led by a skilled pediatric occupational therapist that is trained to help children with the development of social skills, motor skills and sensory processing.

 

Groups are held outdoors in rain or shine!

For questions about registration, please email admin@bearfootoccupationaltherapy.com or call 415-322-0874

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