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Misericordia University offering free occupational therapy sensory play group sessions for children
Posted 01/06/2016 11:49AM

The Department of Occupational Therapy at Misericordia University is offering occupational therapy sensory motor play-based group sessions for children ages 3 to 6 on campus. The free, 12-week program is designed to improve social interactions and fine and gross motor skills for children through carefully designed activities involving peers of a similar age.

The one-hour program begins Jan. 28 and runs through April 8 with sessions available from 2:15-3:15 p.m. and 3:15-4:15 p.m. The sessions will be held on the second floor of John J. Passan Hall, 100 Lake St., Dallas Borough, which houses the College of Health Sciences at Misericordia University.

The program begins with the family receiving an individualized evaluation by a faculty member who is a licensed occupational therapist and a graduate student in the 5½-year Master of Science degree program at Misericordia University.

Parents can also schedule individualized occupational therapy sessions for their children with Jennifer Dessoye, O.T.D., O.T.R./L., assistant professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University, so their children can meet personal goals. The 30-minute sessions are held every Thursday during the 12-week program from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Since space is limited for the group and individualized sessions, registration is required. Please register by contacting Orley Templeton, O.T.D., O.T.R./L., assistant professor of occupational therapy and coordinator of the pediatric certificate program, at otemplet@misericordia.edu or by calling her at (570) 674-8154.

For more information about the occupational therapy program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/ot. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers 32 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report's 2016 edition of Best Colleges, and was designated a 2016 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.

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