Let's Go Play, Inc. is a not-for-profit dedicated to providing social, emotional, behavioral and educational support to special needs children and their families at a reduced cost.
That's our mission statement. Our vision is for the whole family and that’s what makes us different. At Let’s Go Play, it’s about the special needs child and their families. We want everyone to have fun and be supported. And we hope to help families relate to each other in healthy, positive ways. To that end, we offer support classes for moms, support classes for dads, Lego socialization classes as well as therapeutic support services such as behavioral consultations and individual/family therapy. We have also started a new socialization program called Heroes where children become heroes with special skills and work together to defeat monsters along the way. It is very appealing to our young students. You can see some comments on our newsletter page.
Why a family-based approach at Let’s Go Play, Inc.?
When a couple welcomes a new child into the family, everyone has to make changes. Parents have to support and nurture. Siblings have to adjust to divided attention and birth order changes; only child becomes older sibling and youngest is no longer the baby of the family. Even grandparents find their roles change as they possibly assist in child care or help financially. There are certainly stressors in these all these adjustments. Everyone’s role has changed.
When a special needs child (one with a physical or emotional diagnosis) is welcomed into the family, stressors can be more significant for everyone. Parents need to find experts to confirm their concerns, identify issues, and support their child’s development. Grandparents are worried about their children and their grandchildren and sometimes feel "out of the loop" in terms of what to do. Siblings may be young but can sense that parents are concerned and busier than before. Things in the family may just feel "different". Often, parents put themselves last in the effort to provide the best for all their children.
Let's Go Play, Inc. wants to provide a unique service to families, one that isn't currently available in this area. We want to support everyone in the family; mom, dad, kids, grandparents and extended family members. To that end, we provide a range of services. Interested in socialization? Check out our Lego socialization groups. They include fun in the lessons of building with peers. Mom or Dad needs a place to vent and feel supported? We have therapeutic support groups that encourage self-care and self knowledge. Concerns about behavior? Experiencing difficulty in parenting (and it may not be the special needs child who provides the challenge)? An experienced behavior specialist can help. Sometimes the problems have little to do with the children and so we also offer individual and marital therapy with a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.