Preschool and Kindergarten Programs

Children playingThe Triumph Center for child, adolescent and young adult counseling serves a wide range of children, adolescents, young adults and families. We provide services for families in Reading, Beverly and Lexington, as well as the greater North Shore and Boston areas of Massachusetts.

Since 1991, our mission is to help clients lead healthier and more successful lives. We understand that every individual has unique gifts and challenges, so we work closely with our clients to identify and build on strengths, while offering strategies to overcome life’s challenges.

Our philosophy

  • Research has shown that there are critical or sensitive periods of time in which to teach children important social and communication skills. For children in need, early opportunities to develop basic social and communication skills can set the stage for a healthier adjustment into school and more organized play environments.
  • It is critical to establish relationships with young children that are based on trust and consistency so they can connect with other children.
  • Young children experience success interacting and playing with same age peers when coached to use developmentally appropriate activities.
  • With opportunities to practice and develop skills in a safe, structured environment, children with identified special needs will have a greater capacity to profit from an inclusion model in school.
  • Parent-Counselor collaboration is essential to helping young children master new skills and generalize these skills outside the therapeutic setting.

Social Skills Groups

  • Young children ages 4 to 5
  • Group size is between 3-6 children per group
  • Groups meet weekly for 50 minutes
  • Children of similar age, compatible style, and level of functioning are placed together
  • Groups are led by clinicians (Doctoral and Masters level). Some are co-led by Masters-level interns.
  • Play includes structured circle time, age appropriate tabletop activities, gross motor play, floor time play, snack and a story.
  • The curriculum includes lessons geared toward developing pragmatic social skills, including cooperative play skills.
  • Counselors periodically meet with parents to review progress and make recommendations to further the child’s skill development outside of group.

Benefits of our groups

The Preschool and Kindergarten Group Program serves a wide range of boys and girls ages 4-5. While these groups benefit all young children learning appropriate play skills, they may be especially beneficial for children identified as having special needs in regard to their social, emotional, or behavioral development. An initial intake assessment helps our clinicians identify individual treatment goals for each child. Using the Massachusetts guidelines for early childhood education, our preschool and kindergarten groups are aimed at addressing the following:

  • Social communication goals (including using language appropriately to greet others, make requests, and solve problems)
  • Behavioral goals (including following directions, demonstrating appropriate body/impulse control, and adhering to group or game rules)
  • Social pragmatic goals (including making and sustaining eye contact, taking turns appropriately and sustaining attention to tasks).

Application Procedure

  • Our groups run throughout the school year. Applications are now being accepted for potential openings.
  • All new group members must be interviewed prior to placement in the group program.
  • You may download an application form now or request an application packet from our office by calling, writing, or sending us an email:

36 Woburn Street, Reading, Massachusetts 01867
tel: 781-942-9277 | fax: 781-944-6535

Email: triumphcenter@verizon.net

Camp Triumph for Young Children

At Camp Triumph, young children experience success with peers because they are coached in developmentally appropriate social skills and pragmatic language. With opportunities to develop play skills in a safe, structured environment, children with identified special needs will more likely have a healthy social adjustment in school and in their organized play. To help children generalize skills learned, we collaborate with parents throughout the camp process.

Campers

Camp Triumph for Young Children is a specialized summer day program for boys and girls ages 4-6. While our campers are very diverse, some of them have diagnoses such as ADHD, Executive Functioning Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, Pragmatic Language Deficit, and Anxiety Disorder. The group sizes for camp 4-6 children with 2 counselors.

Children who attend Camp Triumph for Young Children may benefit in the following ways:

  • Acquire self-confidence
  • Practice physical skills
  • Develop better social skills
  • Learn to channel energy constructively
  • Learn age-appropriate behavior
  • Become more assertive
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Cope better with transitions

Staff

Camp Triumph for Young Children is supervised by Dr. Chris Anderson, Camp Triumph Director, and Dr. George Marinakis, Co-Director of the Triumph Center. Staff members include professionals and students with training in clinical and counseling psychology, school psychology, social work, and regular/special education.

Location

Camp Triumph for Young Children in North Reading is located at the J.T. Hood School, 298 Haverhill Street.  This facility includes an indoor gym, air-conditioned indoor activity space, outdoor athletic fields, and a playground area. For directions to the North Reading site, click here.  Camp Triumph for Young Children in Bedford is located at The John Glenn Middle School, 99 McMahon Road. This facility includes air conditioned indoor activity space, playground and outdoor athletic fields.  In Bedford, click here.

Application Procedure

New Campers:

  1. Contact us for a brochure and application packet.
  2. Send in a completed camper information form and a $95.00 check (interview fee) payable to: Triumph Center in order to set up an interview. The purpose of the interview is to ascertain individual needs and assist in determining the most appropriate group placement.
  3. All new campers must be interviewed prior to acceptance to the program. Interviews can occur in Beverly, Reading or Lexington.
  4. Following the interview, a signed application form must be submitted.
  5. If your child has had an intake completed within the past year, you do not have to complete another.

Dates and Times

Enrollment Period for 2017:

Full Season   June 26—August 17

Period I         June 26—July 13

Period II       July 17—August 3

Period III      August 7—August 17

Tuition:

$2,470.00 Full Season

$925.00 3 Week Period

$620.00 2 Week Period

$325.00 per individual weeks

For More Information

To call, write or email, contact us.