Description:

This program is specifically designed for hypersensitive and hyper-imaginative little creatures who like to role-play with cute stuffies and puppets. If your child has the out-of-the-ordinary, off-the-rail, and intense imaginative capacity with morbid curiosity and fascination, this is their place of belonging.

How it Works:

Paradoxically, hypersensitive or anxious children tend to have a fascination with morbid ideas and experiences. Although morbid thoughts can be a source of concern for parents and shame for the child, they can be a source of personal strength and resilience with a proper framework and approach. With competent therapeutic guidance, this fascination can help children safely process thoughts and feelings that are otherwise too overwhelming.

These are child-led, child-created expressive arts experiences (kids’ curiosity, ideas, and interests shape how the time comes together), in-door social play and imagination; with the support of a compassionate, sensitive adult and trauma-informed expressive arts therapist, who will meet your child where they are at.

How groups “happen” at Cherish:

At Cherish Clinic, we are quite specific when it comes to matching group members… at the expense of practicality and financial viability.  We match clients using the Double Empathy Problem model and asking the question “can the group members seamlessly get along with each other?”  We look at neurological profiles, communication profiles, personalities, interests, preferences, accessibility needs, scheduling etc etc. For example, the empowered swearing morbid camp and the sensitive houseplant morbid camp would benefit different types of children, and if only one child is into pokemon in a group, that just won’t work.  As a consequence, group events rarely happen at Cherish, but we have a lot of demands, but not many matches.

What has worked best has been a client-initiated and community-led approach to groups.  For example, a parent may recruit neurodivergent friends of their children first and Cherish will recruit more participants to this core group of children. Some parents will advertise in local neurodivergent community groups seeking participants they know their children would get along with.  If you have 4 compatible kids, we will happily run it.

Next option is to join our waitlist and make sure to describe the child in as much detail as possible. If we have enough people with the same similarity or a core group needs additional participants, we will run the group. 

If you have any questions, please use the comment section below.