So far, Emily has been to play group twice. It is once a week for about 2 hours. It is a pretty small group with at least 2 leaders. Most of the children in the group are hearing impaired. Emily is the only child that has CP and the physical challenges that go along with it. Mike has helped out the first two weeks. He moves Emily from one room to another or helps with her positioning. Once the leaders feel comfortable with Emily and what she needs, Mike will be able to drop her off and have a bit of time to himself.
So far, things have gone very well. The leaders are very accommodating with Emily. They used to blow a really loud horn to signal the start of play group. With Emily's startle reflex, that did not go over well at all. So they have switched to a plastic hand clapper, that she seems to tolerate much better. They are very good about helping Emily to participate in the activities with the other children and making her feel part of the group.
The first day that she was there, all the kids wanted to push her wheelchair. She also has a Tumble Forms chair there that is on wheels and they want to help with that as well. Mike said they were very sweet about helping her with things. That first week, the kids were painting. Emily had some help holding the paintbrush, but the other kids also helped with her picture as well. She also had her first Valentine's party that day.
I think play group is going to be a great experience for her. She is a very social girl, so I have no doubt that she enjoys that aspect of the group. I am also excited that she gets to participate with the kids - normally she just sits back and watches. She does enjoy doing that, but participating will get her ready for school.