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"Come Play" Therapy Group 2020-2021 COVID-19 Update

ATS has put safety procedures into place to protect our patients, staff, and community. Masks, social distancing, plexiglass, and frequent cleaning of surfaces, rooms, and toys are routine. Please call 630-230-6505 if you have any quesitons. Thank you!

COME PLAY Therapy Group!
 2020-2021 Dates


Prepare for group therapy with the low-demand, high-fun therapy group, where the expectation is just to "Come play!"

At ATS, we believe that group therapy is essential for fostering generalization of therapeutic goals. The Come Play therapy group is intended for children who are ready to move beyond the verbal relationship with their Individual Therapist and develop a verbal relationship with a Group Therapist. Therapeutic goals include habituating to anxiety with peers, decreasing social inhibitions, and increasing peer interaction.

Positive peer relationships are important for a child's social development , ego development, and identity formation. For children with selective mutism, social anxiety, or other anxieties, making friends can be challenging, especially if mutism is present. We offer several groups at ATS to meet the needs of children with anxiety, at different stages of treatment. Come Play group is the first step of the group therapy hierarchy at ATS.



Of all the groups at ATS, Come Play Group is intended to be the "easiest" one.

Come Play serves as the introduction to group therapy at ATS. Once your child can verbally participate in Come Play, you will know they are ready for the next level of group exposures offered at ATS. Therefore, this group is appropriate for children who are just starting out on their group experiences at ATS. Click here for more information about group eligibility criteria and ATS' exposure hierarchy for groups.

The prerequisites for Come Play Therapy Group are as follows:

  • Able to separate from parent after a 10-min warm-up.
  • Able to verbalize directly with their Primary Therapist.
  • Able to respond to new person (Group Therapist) after warm-up with parent.
  • Able to respond to Therapist in the presence of a peer.
  • Able to engage in parallel play with peers.
  • Has completed peer sessions at ATS within the last 3 months (1:1 Child to Therapist ratio).

If you are not sure if your child meets these prerequisites, talk it over with your child's therapist. If it has been over three months since your child has been in treatment at ATS, then a refresher session may be necessary to reacquaint your child with ATS.

If it has been over 6 months since your child has been in treatment at ATS, or your child has never received treatment at ATS, and you think this group is ideal for your child's needs, please contact ATS at 630-230-6505 to set up an intake evaluation.


What to Expect

The purpose of a preview session is two-fold. First, it allows your child a chance to see what the group is about and see who else is registered before committing to the full 5 sessions of group. Secondly, it allows the clinician to assess whether or not your child is ready for this group. 


  • 10-min warm-up activity
  • 45-min play activity
  • 5-min debrief with parent

Children are to wear a mask!

If you forget to bring one, don't worry, we have extras!



Group sessions are billed as 60-min sessions. Click below to register and see associated fees, which covers 4 or 5 total sessions**. There is a Preview Session, followed by the Group Sessions. If you cancel before the Preview Session, you will be refunded for the full fee amount less a $25 administrative fee.

If your child attends the Preview Session and it is determined that he/she needs more therapy before participating in this level group, you will be refunded for the rest of the group sessions, and no administrative fee will be applied. Insurance CPT code is 90853. Statements will be provided to those who wish to submit to their insurance for reimbursement.

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Click below to register. If you have any problems with registration, contact or call Intake Coordinator at 630-230-6505.


September/October Group:  Tuesdays, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
9/15 (preview required), 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13

October/November Group:  Tuesdays, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
10/20 (preview required), 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17

November/December Group:  Tuesdays, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
11/24 (preview required), 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22

December/January Group:  Tuesdays, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
12/29 (preview required), 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26

February/March Group:  Tuesdays, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
2/2 (preview required), 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2

March/April Group:  Tuesdays, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
3/9 (preview required), 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6

April/May Group:  Tuesdays, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
4/13 (preview required), 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11

May/June Group:  Tuesdays, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
5/18 (preview required), 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15


September/October Group:  Saturdays, 10:00 am-11:00 am
9/19 (preview required), 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17

October/November Group: Saturdays, 10:00 am-11:00 am
10/24 (preview required), 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21

November/December Group: Saturdays, 10:00 am-11:00 am
11/28 (preview required), 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 12/26

January Group: Saturdays, 10:00 am-11:00 am
1/2 (preview required), 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30

February/March Group: Saturdays, 10:00 am-11:00 am
2/6 (preview required), 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6

March/April Group: Saturdays, 10:00 am-11:00 am
3/13 (preview required), 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10

April/May Group: Saturdays, 10:00 am-11:00 am
4/17 (preview required), 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15

May/June Group: Saturdays, 10:00 am-11:00 am
5/22 (preview required), 5/29, 6/5, 6/12, 6/19