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Interdisciplinary Parent/Toddler Developmental Play Group


About the Studyhug break with one of the playgroup participants

The developmental playgroup engages participants in structured activities to encourage age appropriate developmental milestones including adaptive/self-care, communication, problem solving, motor and social-emotional developmental skills.

Education and modeling regarding toddler nutrition, picky eater strategies and healthy snack selection is integrated into the developmental play group. It also educates parents and caregivers on how to structure these developmental activities at home.

Additionally, the Developmental Play Group provides socialization and networking opportunities for local families who have children with disabilities. 

The group is guided by an Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologists and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. There are also 10 graduate students from physical therapy, speech pathology and nutrition and 5 undergraduate pre-physical therapy, COMD and nutrition students who are involved in the group.


fine motor skill developmentThe purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of a developmental play group from parent, child and practitioner perspective.


You may be eligible for this study if your child is between the ages of 18 months and 4 years old and you have a concern regarding a delay in any area of development

Benefits to Participants

  • Free developmental assessments and individualized consultation from pediatric specialists
  • Nutritional screening and consultation
  • Opportunity to network with other parents and healthcare providers
  • Free 9-week intervention

How can I get involved?

If you would like to learn more about this study, contact:

Christina Odeh, PT, DHSc, PCS
Principal Investigator & Clinical Supervisor
(630) 557-9648

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Watch our playgroup video

Dr. Christina Odeh and graduate students in the College of Health and Human Sciences discuss the student-led developmental playgroup for children with developmental delays.