Mandala offers a variety of enrichment classes to support our students.
SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES :: SOCIAL SKILLS FRIENDSHIP CLASS :: Age 3 - 5 This special one-hour class runs in sessions in the afternoon throughout the year. It is especially helpful for children who can benefit from extra support in making connections with peers and building social skills. The class is taught by two experienced Mandala teachers who use floor time and structured play activities to coach children to play collaboratively and cooperatively. Children relate to one another through interactive play activities. They are learning about their thoughts and feelings and working as part of a group. Teachers promote mental flexibility, conversational turn-taking, problem-solving, “body-reading” awareness, and emotional regulation. This is a great class for building confidence and skill in the social realm. Children may enroll for one or more sessions, but must be enrolled at Mandala to attend.
SQUIGGLES & WIGGLES :: SENSORY/MOTOR SKILLS CLASS :: Age 3 - 5 This is a one-hour weekly class for sensory exploration and motor play taught by Atty Rosas, OTR/L. It is a kid-friendly time filled with active fun that is building important brain skills. Activities guided by our OT teach kids to use their whole body and become comfortable with new and different sensory experiences. These include trampoline jumping, obstacle courses, scooter boards, ball pits, swings and more! The goal is to improve self-regulation, build core motor skills, and strengthen listening skills. This group is fun for any child, but it is particularly helpful for children who need a little extra help “calming their motors.” Children may enroll for one or more sessions.
SCISSORS & SCRIBBLES :: FINE MOTOR and WRITING CLASS :: Age 4 - 5 This is a class to support children who struggle with age-appropriate handwriting, drawing, and/or cutting skills or for those who simply need extra encouragement and practice working on these skills, especially before going on to Kindergarten. The class meets for one hour weekly in sessions at special times during the year. It is taught by our OT Consultant, Atty Rosas, OTR/L, who uses a multi-sensory approach to teach these skills while incorporating concepts and activities from the Handwriting without Tears curriculum into her multi-sensory approach.