BluePrints Family Networking Group
Children have many needs beyond the standards of food, clothing and shelter. While play time may seem trivial as compared to these basic necessities, it is, in fact, critical to a child’s social development. The SBAWP’s BluePrints program offers children with spina bifida and other related disabilities the opportunity to develop social, motor, sensory and cognitive skills by interacting with peers in a fun and stimulating environment. BluePrints offers a play group setting for children ages two – five years old. The aim of the program is to provide a place where parents and children can interact in a play/support group setting under the careful supervision of a professional.
Parents of a child with a disability often spend many hours in hospitals and physicians offices. These experiences are often stressful and can contribute to a parent’s decision to not let their child play freely for fear of them getting hurt. BluePrints offers a release from this fear in that it provides an opportunity not only for their child to play, but it also provides a safe environment to play in. BluePrints also allows parents to have a shared experience and learn from watching a professional interact with their child.
The program is offered monthly (days and times to be determined). Each session includes structured and unstructured play time with peers. A portion at the conclusion of each session includes parents in activities with their children.
For more information on how you and your loved one can take advantage of the BluePrints please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BluePrints made the news with a feature article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. “Breaking Down Barriers- Program Helps Fulfill Special Need to Play” by Tina Calabro appeared in the May 9th edition.
To view it, click here: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11129/1144869-114.stm