May 14, 2013
Troy Turnipseed

OT Faculty Practice Offers Youth Social Summer Opportunities

The Connections Programs helps teens and tweens develops social independence through group interaction and fun activities.

Students take part in hands-on activities with other program participants and SLU family practice therapists.
Students take part in hands-on activities with other program participants and SLU family practice therapists. Submitted photo

This summer, the Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice will offer children, tweens and teens the opportunity to have a social summer through several exciting programs.

These programs are ideal for children, tweens and teens who struggle with making friends, working in groups with others or who would enjoy learning some strategies for greater social independence and competence. Some participants have characteristics of mild Autism or Asperger Syndrome, ADHD or CAPD and some participants do not have diagnoses, but all benefit from the group experience. The programs run year-round, with enhanced opportunities offered during the summer.

All programs require a $150 eligibility assessment/evaluation appointment. For social skills/social competency programs, assessments can be scheduled May 20-23. For Loving to Read and Write Program, assessments can be scheduled July 1-5.

Teen Connection to Social Competency

The Teen Connection to Social Competency program provides a challenging experience based on the common interests of its group members. Parent participation varies with each group and is a requirement for the program. Parents meet in a designated location each week and enjoy the opportunity to gain support and resources from other parents with similar challenges. The program cost is $330, and teens may choose up to two groups to join. The overnight program cost is $600 and requires an additional June group for all new teens.

Teen Connection to Social Competency group options include:

  • Innovative Engineering for Teens offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays beginning June 10 
  • Great Chefs Cooking Club offered from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning June 11
  • Restaurant Critics offered from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning June 12 
  • Real World Teen Connection Overnight at Shaw Nature Reserve Sunday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 2

Tween Connection to Social Skills and Competency

This program combines common interests of group members with specialized sensory and social approaches, resulting in a unique experience for each middle-school participant. Age-appropriate life skills are integrated into each session to confront common challenges of middle-school years. This program is offered in a daily concentrated format from June 17 - 21. The program cost is $460.

Kids Connection to Social Skills

Kids Connection to Social Skills integrates developmental and sensory-based activities with social strategies resulting in a dynamic friend making experience. Preschool and elementary school children enjoy a variety of activities including obstacle courses in our sensory gym, cooking, crafts and games. The program is offered in a daily concentrated format from June 17-21. The cost for program is $460.

Loving to Read and Write

This program is ideal for students who are entering kindergarten through second grade and are working on reading and writing skills. The program aims to improve the participation of children with reading and writing challenges in structured literary activities. The cost of the program is $425. It is offered July 8-25:

  • Kindergarten Group: 10-11:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday
  • Grades 1-2 Group: 1-3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

For more information about any of these programs, email or call 314-977-8566. Program capacities are limited. Learn more by visiting the Connections program website.

To learn about other programs offered at Saint Louis University this summer, visit

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