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PlayBig Learning Center provides your student athlete with a personalized and therapeutic learning environment. Joining our cutting-edge neuro-physiological approach with academics offers your student athlete a growth-inspiring team atmosphere to challenge his or her limits.

 

Keeli Goins | Learning Center Director

For 25 years, I have been working with kids from the preschool age through the middle school years. As a teacher in a public school classroom (FL DOE Certified for Elementary Education, K-6, and ESE K-12), a home-school mom, a co-op teacher, and now as a Learning Coach at PlayBig. I love helping families and their children! I believe that all children have strengths - my job is all about discovering and capitalizing on them!


What is a Learning Coach?

A Learning Coach specializes in developing a customized Learning PlayBook, including academic tutoring, therapies, and extracurricular endeavors for each student athlete. As a member of PlayBig's multidisciplinary therapeutic environment, a Learning Coach coordinates what is necessary to allow each student athlete to optimize availability and engagement in the learning experience. PlayBig believes in the many gifts each student athlete possesses and honors unique learning styles. Academics are an important part of a much larger learning experience. Engaging with family, cultivating friendships, and feeling valued as an integral member of one's community sets the backdrop for academic learning to skyrocket.


How does the PlayBig Learning Center work?

The learning environment at PlayBig looks a lot different than traditional school. Student athletes struggling with learning need an individualized approach. The Learning Coaches are certified teachers who coordinate techniques and ideas with your student’s therapeutic team resulting in a customized Learning PlayBook that grows along with your student athlete ensuring optimal success.

Our teams of student athletes are small (1-5) and include 1-3 adults depending on the activity and the needs of the student athletes participating. These teams learn at PlayBig from 8am to 12pm, Monday-Thursday. Some student athletes join us for 1 to 2 hours, some for as many as 4 hours depending on their customized Learning PlayBook.


Who benefits from the PlayBig Learning Center?

Like PlayBig Therapy, the PlayBig Learning Center specializes in the learning needs of children & teens with sensory processing disorder, autism, developmental delays, attention system deficits, trauma, and social emotional & behavioral challenges.

Any student who may not fit into a traditional school environment or who needs some extra help will benefit from the integrated learning approach at PlayBig!

After school tutoring hours are available for homework and study skills help.  


How do I pay for PlayBig Learning Center services?

Home schooled students may qualify for Florida’s Special Needs Scholarship, the Gardiner Scholarship.  For more information about the Gardiner Scholarship, click HERE.

Also, you may self-pay for the Learning Center services.  All charges are determined by the student athlete’s needs.

A customized Learning PlayBook will be created for your student athlete by a FL DOE certified teacher.


Extracurricular Endeavors

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ACADEMIC TUTORING

ACADEMIC TUTORING is a flexible supplement to your student athlete's learning. We want your student athlete to be supported in their educational journey and leap over the academic gab between current and future skills with feelings of accomplishment and mastery. Each Tutoring session begins with sensorimotor preparation so your student athlete will be available to access academic curriculum.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

PHYSICAL THERAPY addresses gross motor movement and the sensory systems. The gyms are designed to be playful and naturally rewarding for our athletes. Using neuroplasticity based therapy, we encourage improved neural circuitry that is the foundation for developing motor skills rather than splinter skills. This approach results in improved motor planning for large movements and small as well as improved motor planning affecting the child's ability to motor plan novel speech and language and is more functional to their lives. This might be seen during an obstacle course or trampolining for improved endurance, strength, and balance. Typically, you will find our therapists swinging children and "crashing" them into our giant crash pad. This regulates their sensorimotor system and improves body and safety awareness as well as gives them an opportunity to explore more mature movement patterns and gross motor skills.

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY addresses fine motor skills and activities of daily living. Therapy begins with sensorimotor input, changing brain chemistry and improving circuitry for improved feelings of wellbeing and body awareness. Strengthening the shoulder and hip girdles as well as core work for trunk stability to achieve improved static and dynamic sitting balance allows the therapist to offer challenges that build more mature movement patterns. A therapy session might advance to oculomotor activities and higher level fine motor challenges such as handwriting, manipulating play dough to find treasures inside, puzzles and games to address sequencing, turn-taking, and problem solving.

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SPEECH THERAPY

SPEECH THERAPY addresses the comprehension and expression of communication. This includes the more typical notions about speech therapy - addressing syntax, grammar, proper articulation, vocabulary, etc. - but also less commonly known areas including feeding and social communication. Social communication and skills are often self-taught by children through social interactions. In order to become successful navigators of the social waters they need the basic skills of theory of mind, joint attention, self-regulation, and awareness. Our athletes typically don’t have these skills and the rules of communication must be explicitly taught until neural circuitry is sufficient to allow for improved communication processing and an understanding of the social dance. A therapy session starts with sensorimotor preparation of the body and the oral structures. Often our athletes play social games like duck, duck, goose and tag, board games, crafts, read books, play music, and even have snack together.

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PLAY THERAPY

PLAY THERAPY is an evidence-based practice that seeks to provide a way of communicating and processing psychosocial difficulties and enhance optimal development. Children’s ability to play is fully developed, while their ability to process difficult things verbally is only beginning to develop. Therefore, they are less likely to benefit from a therapy that relies on a child’s verbal abilities. Play therapy allows children to communicate their feelings in a developmentally appropriate way, without having to rely on their vocabulary to express their thoughts, ideas, feelings, and needs. What makes play in a clinical setting therapeutic is the child’s ability to communicate in a way that is natural with the support of a trained therapist to maintain felt safety and full acceptance. A play therapy session is child-directed, with the therapist following the child’s lead. The playroom is filled with options for the child to choose from and the child is trusted to choose the most efficient option for the task at-hand. The therapist offers reflection and support to strengthen the child’s inner resources.

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ART THERAPY

ART THERAPY is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being (ATTA, 2013). Art therapy does not require art skills, in fact, adults and children without a lot of art experience often thrive in the therapy setting as their work is emotionally authentic. An art therapy session takes place in the art therapy room and might include a brief scribble type drawing to reduce anxiety, followed by the creation of an art piece using selected art materials. The therapist and your child may take the end of the session to process their work and discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about the piece.

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KIDFIT

KIDFIT Research indications that a moving child is a learning child. Movement lights up all areas of the brain; improving emotional, sensorimotor, cognitive, social, and physical development.

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*Extracurricular Endeavors are priced separately from academic programs. Speak to a PlayBig Learning Coach for details.

RESOURCES :

https://www.socialthinking.com/

http://www.brainbalancecenters.com/

http://integratedlistening.com/

A pre-learning assessment for your student athlete is necessary to ensure compatibility with the team. Schedule to sit down with a PlayBig Learning Coach to explore your student athlete’s options and associated costs.