Stay and Play Therapy

At least 1 in 20 typically-developing children need help paying attention and completing work because their bodies do not process information from their senses the way everyone else does. 
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Classroom noises may distract them, the tag in their shirt may drive them crazy, or the artwork around the room may just be too much. For other children with sensory processing challenges, they can’t sit still in their chair, they constantly hum, or they bump into everyone in line. These children can learn better and not distract other students when given some tools to help regulate how their brains are registering the sensory information all around them.

How the STAR Treatment Model Can Help:

Children with SPD have been shown to benefit from intensive therapy using a sensory integration approach. GHC models our Stay and Play Therapy Program after the STAR Institute. Practicing what is known as "the Burst Model," families come and stay nearby while receiving therapy services 5 times per week for 4-6 weeks at our state-of-the-art intensive therapy program.

We are one of the few clinics in the country to offer this type of service. We use a multi-disciplinary approach to address motor coordination, language development, feeding challenges, social skills, and independence with daily living skills. We provide comprehensive support from start to finish, including on-line support once your child graduates from support in clinic.

Sensory Processing

Our team members are certified as an Advanced Mentored Clinicians by the STAR Institute.  The STAR Institute was founded by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, the leading researcher in sensory processing.  Our director, Robyn Chu, is on the STAR Institute Faculty. 

If you would like more information on sensory processing, please contact us or visit

Travel Information:
You can fly into the Sacramento International Airport and then stay at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites El Dorado Hills. This hotel is walking distance to great food, a grocery store, a movie theater, and coffee!
Fun Things to See and Do:

Folsom Lake

Right down the county road and wonderful for hiking, picnics, and swimming.

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Visit the place where gold was first discovered in California. There are lots of trails and historical monuments.

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Gold Bug Mine

Walk through a real gold mine.

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The American River is a great place to go rafting! We love the team over at Rock-N-Water.

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This area is known for it's incredible parks including the Promontory Park with great water features and Castle Park with a great wooden castle.

Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

See animals in their natural habitat and go for a train ride.

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Sacramento Children's Museum

A great place to play, explore, and learn!

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Apple Hill

Located in Camino, there are pumpkin patches, hay and corn mazes, petting zoos, candy making, play areas, nature trails, pony rides, arts and craft activity stands, scavenger hunts and even a miniature train ride, pioneer museum and family play park.

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Lake Tahoe

1.5 hours away and a peaceful, beautiful place. Great for skiing in the winter and swimming in the clear, blue water in the summer.  There are many amazing hikes as well!

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