Unique Programs Offered
Art in Focus
Art in Focus is a series of therapeutic art workshops offered for children with a developmental age of at least 6-years, and adolescents with developmental or physical disabilities, behavioral and emotional difficulties. Classes are offered on the first Saturday of each month in New Bern and the second Saturday of the month in Bayboro from 10:00–12:00 Noon. Past projects have included: Looking Through the Ship’s Porthole, Building Bridges, Bottle Bank, Gobbler Getup
Therapeutic Art Classes
An Occupational Therapist/Art Educator directs these classes. Group classes are available for scheduling on a weekly or daily basis. Concepts utilized include
- Heavy work – hammering, woodworking, clay wedging, resistive material manipulation
- Tactile Desensitization – working with lentils, bark, sawdust, plaster, paper mache’, clay, natural materials, etc.
- Multimedia construction – art creations utilizing a wide variety of materials.
A Board Certified Music Therapist offers group or individual music therapy sessions. Children work on rhythm, timing, sequencing, listening skills and body coordination with individualized goals as they enjoy music and instrument interaction.
Music and Movement
The Music and Movement class was originally designed for children on the Autism Spectrum. A Board Certified Music Therapist offers a group session where children work on rhythm, timing, sequencing, listening skills, and body coordination as they enjoy music, instrument interaction and peer contact. Classes are held on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00pm and 5:15-6:15pm in our New Bern clinic.
A Board Certified Music Therapist leads the Our Time-Class for toddlers ages 18 months –3.5 years. The more than 30 songs, 15 dances, and eight different instruments create these unique music activities, designed to reflect the importance of movement in the life of a toddler. Parents or caregivers attend with their child.
This food aversion therapy addresses the problems associated with children who are problem feeders. After taking part in Kitchen Connoisseurs, a child will have increased the number of foods in his/her diet, will be willing to try new food items in the future, and will have learned about the Food Pyramid and healthy eating habits. Class is offered every Wednesday from 4:00-5:00 in our New Bern clinic, on a 1-on-1 basis at our Bayboro office, as well as in other food related individual goals.
A social skills group led as a joint effort by occupational therapy and speech therapy departments. This class is designed to help children on the Autism spectrum or others having problems with social situations and interpersonal communication. Children role-play and work in groups on eye contact, taking turns, voice volume and how to make friends, among other necessary skills.