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CentraState’s New HealthyPlay for Kids Program Addresses the Social and Developmental Effects of the Pandemic on Young Children

By |2022-04-28T13:08:57-04:00March 23rd, 2022|

Has the pandemic set back your child’s development? CentraState’s new HealthyPlay for Kids program addresses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the social and emotional development of children ages 3-5.

Led by CentraState OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center‘s occupational therapists, the program builds confidence and skills within a small group setting where children have the opportunity to play, make friends, problem-solve, and learn.

The HealthyPlay for Kids program may benefit your child if they are showing signs of social and developmental delays, including:

For children ages 3-4:

  • Not initiating or joining play with others
  • Rigid routines
  • Separation difficulties
  • Unwillingness to try new things
  • Complete dependency on caregivers
  • Trouble with sharing
  • Fears impacting daily living

For children age 5:

  • Difficulties learning to interact with other kids
  • Does not try to communicate with others
  • Avoids others
  • Does not show a wide range of emotions

The program runs from April 21 – May 26 and meets Thursdays from 4-4:45 pm. The cost is $225 for the 8-week program and takes place at CentraState’s OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center in the Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus at 901 West Main Street, Freehold, New Jersey. Limited spots are available so please register by April 18 by calling 732-294-2700.

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