||PLAYSPACE groups combine an adult support group and an infant/child playgroup. They are intended to be an antidote to the pressures that limit caregiving vitality and the development of intellectual and emotional capacity in young children. They fuel parents and enhance their emotional well-being, while providing a stimulating experience for infants/children. They have been found to be helpful for parents seeking support through transitions and for those seeking more long term sources of support and personal enlightenment. They have been found to be beneficial for anxiety and depression in women with infants and young children.
PLAYSPACE groups are for any mom with her infant or her young child. Staff have expertise with; at home and part time working moms, adoptive parents, mom combining career and family, divorce and single parenting, postnatal depression and challenging children.
PLAYSPACE meets in a two-story renovated carriage house convenient
to public transportation, Newton Centre and Newton Highland shops and the Crystal Lake
PLAYSPACE groups are comprised of 4-6 parents and young
children. Groups meet for a 1 1/2 hour period.
PLAYSPACE groups begin with a period of spontaneous play and
interaction involving children, parents and staff. Following this there is a refreshment
break and the adult support group time, when children are engaged in activities with a
|PLAYSPACE groups offer:
psychosocial, cognitive, fine and gross motor developmental activities for
permanent play features such as an infant area, dress up and imaginative play
areas, indoor climber and sand table, block corner, childrens library and outdoor
play yard and equipment
a changing schedule of play activities, for example: arts and crafts, games,
puzzles and computer with educational software
an ongoing community for adults to connect with others who share similar challenges and
an empathie forum for self-expression, parenting and interpersonal issues
child development resources for parents