Creating Amazing Memories,
One Milestone At A Time
Little Milestones for Small Discoveries is a sensory gym and educational center in Jersey City, New Jersey seeking to ensure that every child reaches their full potential, creates first friendships, and has fun in a judgement free environment. Occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, and board- certified behavior analysts are readily available to provide screenings, evaluations, treatments, and recommendations based on needs.
Our state-of-the-art clinical gym is available as a resource to families as a great way to foster independence, reduce social stress, and help acclimate children with sensory processing difficulties acclimate to new stimuli safely. Sensory gyms have been proven to help with fine motor skills, body and spatial awareness, cause-and-effect reasoning, and an increase in social skills. Our sensory gym will help children regardless of ability have fun learning.
This approach helps to facilitate learning and re-learning through motor development, cooordination, motor planning, regulation and integration of sensory information. Using this approach our therapists help children regulate their nervous systems by giving them the tools needed for self-regulation in order for them to attend to their teachers in a classroom environment. SI therapy and instruction helps to overcome sensory processing issues and meet the demands of any situation. Our staff also specializes in Sensory Diets for home and school.
Development Appropriate /Play Based Approach
The primary principle of this approach is to promote participation in age-appropriate activities, such as unstructured hands-on play, group story-time, and themed activities. Kids are encouraged to learn through play, and academic content is incorporated throughout learning tasks.
We are advocates of Dr. Daniel Goleman’s framework for the five key elements of Emotional Intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. Emotional intelligence (EQ) is an essential component to being a successful leader. EQ contributes to the development of happy and healthy relationships and builds the foundation for living a balanced life. Encouraging children to carry positive attitudes, problem solve stressful situations, and delay gratification to increase resilience and perseverance are key components of our program. Being aware of others, their differences, needs, and feelings prepare children for strong and successful relationships. In addition, our expert staff employ a diverse set of strategies to boost confidence by teaching our children to observe their feelings and practice responding rather than reacting.
Preschool READINESS Program “Little Prep”
Our drop off program is Monday- Friday 9am-12pm.
We provide children, ages 18 months through 4 years with an opportunity to gain a sense of independence and be able to feel comfortable separating from their family members. Activities are designed to build on already existing skills and support emerging skills needed for a smooth transition from preschool and/or kindergarten.
We currently require 2 day minimum for registration.