Point in Time offers ‘Sunshine Circles’ Thera-play group programs in various schools and childcare centres throughout the county.
Sunshine circles are interactive adult-led, structured play groups used to enhance the emotional well-being and social skills of children. They are designed to help children feel secure and valued, to get along with others and to feel part of a community. Sunshine Circles are playful & fun, intentionally accepting & positive, valuing & caring, focused on cooperation, experiential and they intentionally involve touch & proximity.
Leaders and children hold hands for songs and games, dab lotion or powder onto hands and knees or put a hand on a child’s shoulder to reassure them. We know that touch is a powerful means of communication and essential in guiding children’s behaviour. Increasing comfort with ‘healthy touch’ is another goal of Sunshine Circles.
Recently we have added a Parent-Child Sunshine Circles program as well and we have had rave reviews from the families whom have attended these so far. “The only way I could get my son to come to school was by telling him it was ‘Sunshine Circles’ day, he really loves attending and it is so nice to have 45 minutes of uninterrupted time with just him and I”. “We can’t wait for the next session to begin”.
Point in Time staff member, Joan Wilson is a Certified Thera-play Supervisor & Trainer and has trained many of our community partners in the delivery of ‘Sunshine Circles’ to further enhance their programs for families and children