Where exceptional children
can play and blossom!  

Peer Play is a fun fueled social skills play group for children on the autism spectrum and kiddos who just need a little help making friends.

With every effort considered and practiced for the safetey of you and your child, we are currently offering outdoor groups to continue providing the services your family needs.  

Jazmin is also providing living and social skills groups for teens and preteens. Groups focus on promoting functional independence and social access in the community.  During the Covid 19 pandemic, sessions are being offered online. visit totalotservices.com for more information 

 

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Meaningful relationships heal, children learn best

from other children.

Acceptance from your peer group is a powerful motivator for developmental growth. Offering or withholding extrinsic rewards to teach socialization turns the joy of social play into work. It also robs the child from owning their choices, actions and relationships. Children can be our wisest teachers and most honest critics, if we pay attention.  They also make great therapists.

Children deserve a fun childhood with happy memories—not just a busy stream of adult-led interventions. Parents deserve a mutually supportive community that understands their experience. Typically developing children that regularly play with kids in the autism spectrum expand their minds and hearts to build empathy and compassion.

All children can and should play and make friends.  These behaviors are so fundamental that the are observed across most mammalian species.

 

Our Groups

Virtual Groups

Due to COVID19 “Shelter-in-place” (SIP) orders, we have moved our groups to an online “telehealth” approach. Through the online platform, “Zoom,” interventions are tailored to match the sensory-motor, cognitive, verbal, social, and developmental profile of the group. With this platform, we hope to offer a space for children to stay connected to their peers through captivating and interactive online adventures until SIP orders are lifted.

Throughout Zoom sessions children are given tasks, or ‘missions’, where they are able to choose between several adventure options, creating a participatory and interactive space. Our occupational therapist has been creating movement, music, visual art, and adaptive skills activities related to the weekly adventure theme to address sensory-motor deficits. These sessions offer the chance for clients to practice important socialization skills with their peers such as turn-taking, retuning greetings, and opening and closing circles of communication.

Contact us if you are interested in learning more about our weekly Zoom group adventures!

Social Skills Groups

Our program integrates developmentally informed interventions with a creative and inclusive group experience.  We support expressions of individuality, spontaneity, and silliness, and encourage children to bring their full selves to play in a safe and stimulating environment.

Our clinical staff is extensively trained in sensory processing and DIR floor time strategies, and has spent many years developing innovative ways to help every child achieve their potential.  We strive to create a supportive community amongst our parents and facilitate relationships that extend beyond our clinic.  We also invite normally developing children (siblings or friends) as playmates, to offer models of adaptive social behaviors.
 
The venue includes a fully equipped sensory motor gym and an adjacent playroom with toys, props, puppets, costumes, arts / crafts materials and musical instruments. 

 
 

 Meet The Team 

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Jazmin Elek

Occupational Therapist

Jazmin Elek is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist with a specialty in early developmental vulnerabilities. She has taken advanced courses in Sensory Processing, DIR Floortime, Hand Development, and is certified in Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT). She has a cosmetology license and speaks fluent Spanish.  Jazmin currently serves on a multidisciplinary team in the Pediatrics Department at UCSF – San Francisco General Hospital campus. She has worked and studied in many countries, including China, India, Mexico, Peru and Guatemala,

Grayson Shell

Clinical Coordinator

Grayson joined our team as the clinical coordinator and a group facilitator. She came from Michigan, where she first gained her clinical experience working with children with ASD, ages 3-16. There, she found her passion for working with children with special needs and realized that each kid has something unique and special to offer. She looks forward to supporting children through their journey to adulthood. In her free time, she enjoys the beach with friends, making art, camping, swimming, and hiking. 

Xochitl & Quincy

Playtime Ambassadors

Xochitl & Quincy are Jazmin's magical children and they practically grew up in our social skills groups. They have been the real experts and rock stars of the Peer Play program and have been teaching us about love, friendship, play, creativity, kindness, and everything that matters in life. 

Noam Baruch

Group Facilitator

Noam is our volunteer Group Facilitator 
Extraordinaire! She graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology from Tel Aviv University and is now pursuing her OTD degree while working full time as an operations manager in tech. Much of her experience mentoring and working with kids led to her aspiration of becoming a pediatric occupational therapist. She strives to be part of such a rewarding and diverse career path, assisting youth and adults from all walks of life to unlock their full potential. In her free time, Noam likes to go on long walks, play piano, swim, and journal.

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Francisco Rocco, PhD

Developmental Psychologist

Dr. Rocco is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of developmental derailments in young children.  He earned his doctoral degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara and currently works as a clinician at the UCSF – Multidisciplinary Assessment Center at San Francisco General Hospital, Dept. of Pediatrics. He has also had a private practice in San Francisco specializing in developmental vulnerabilities.  Dr. Rocco has lived in Latin America, Europe, and Asia and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Gissela Norio

Production Assistant

Gissela can be described with one word: Awesome! Gissela is a volunteer student who is currently working towards a nursing degree at San Jose State University. She has been volunteering for the Peer Play team for almost five years. Through her volunteer work, she has found a passion for working with kids on the spectrum and hopes to continue her work in pediatric occupational therapy and expand her knowledge of the field in the future. 

Jesse Coleman

Graphics & Tech Guy

Jesse Coleman has been a Graphic Artist, photographer and tech nerd for the past 30 years. After serving overseas in the U.S. Army he relocated and lived in Germany for 2 years. His graphics career has included working with many globally recognized brands including Levi's, GoPro and Apple. A certifiable dog and cat lover, a full time Dad for 16+ years plus I am fluent in MacOS, Adobe Creative Suite and WYSIWIG website production.

 

 Contact us 

We are located at: 

1428 Filmore St. San Francisco, CA 94111, Suite 301

If you and/or your child needs what we got then bring them to us and we'll make sure they get what they need!

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