The Primary Intervention Program (PIP)/Special Friends Program is a school-based therapeutic play program that has been in the community for over 20 years. The LIFRC currently coordinates the Preschool Primary Intervention Program. Students, referred to the program by teachers, staff, or parents, spend 30 minutes in the playroom once a week. In this one-to-one child-centered playroom setting, children play through situations related to social and emotional skills. Research shows that children who receive this type of support in school may experience increased self-esteem and focus and improved social interactions. The social and emotional support children receive from this program improves their ability to learn successfully.
“My child loves the playroom. This is one of her favorite parts about going to school. I am thankful that she has a place where she feels so comfortable at school.” – Parent
“I think it validates my child as a person, because he is finally accepted for who he is, as he is, and his ideas are important there. It gives us hope for the future…” – Parent
To get more information about the program or to refer your child to the playroom, contact Heather Gladstone at the LIFRC at (360) 468-4117.