Sunday, May 20, 2007

Our Methodology

Innova-Play is a unique methodology dedicated to the principle that children learn best when they are not forced into an established curriculum, but that they learn and function best when they are in settings centered around them, engaged in activities that pique their interest.

This is especially true for children with special needs or for those children who have difficulty functioning within a traditional classroom: kids who have very individualized abilities, interests and energy levels. For these children, summer camp, lessons, sporting activities or other programs may leave the child feeling left out, frustrated or simply lost in a process that is irrelevant to them.

Innova-Play is different. It starts with a thorough assessment of the whole child, evaluating how the child relates to others and their environment, and determines their energy level and flow. Based upon these assessments, an individual plan is developed that addresses the child’s particular needs, and incorporates them into a group play dynamic. Children then work together in groups that make sense to them, and participate in activities that are relevant to them, making them full partners in their Innova-Play experience.

Because their group play experience "fits" them, they stay engaged, giving the Innova-Play curriculum the ability to affect change in the child. Incorporating a variety of fun filled activities that seem like play to the children, Innova-Play plans are specifically designed to focus on areas essential to children with special needs, such as social skills, gross motor skills and fine motor skills.

Innova-Play believes that hard work can be accomplished through play! By spending the summer having fun, the child acquires skills that will make them better prepared for school in the fall.

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