Articles By Carrie Salyer

Sensory Kids in the Classroom

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Sep 25, 2017   Category: Articles, Parent Seminars, Resources  

“Sit still.”
“Pay attention.”
“Keep your hands to yourself.”
“You lose 10 minutes of recess.”

These are phrases that sensory-kids often hear throughout their school day. Sitting still, paying attention, and keeping hands to himself can be super tricky for a child with sensory processing challenges…and losing 10 minutes of recess is likely the worst consequence a sensory-seeking kid could be given. It is important to understand the needs of a sensory kid in order to (more…)

February – Children’s Dental Health Month

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Feb 10, 2017   Category: Articles, Resources, What's New  

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February is Children’s Dental Health Month!

We know visiting the dentist can be a struggle for some kids and we’re excited to be able to give kids the opportunity to help change their perspective of going to the dentist at our upcoming Dental Day (more…)

Helping Your Sensory Kids (and you) Survive the Holidays

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Nov 28, 2016   Category: Articles, Resources, What's New   Tags:

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Holidays are fun, joyful times with family and friends! AND they are overwhelming, over-stimulating, and exhausting for nearly all of us. Imagine being a sensory kid who is overwhelmed by stimulation on a daily basis, or a sensory kid who needs more, more, more….more movement, more touch, more everything! Holiday gatherings can prove to be very challenging for any type of sensory kid.

Before you head off to ten different family gatherings, make a plan to help your child be successful and ease your stress. First, consider (more…)

Sensory Toy & Game List

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Nov 28, 2016   Category: Articles, Resources, What's New  


Below is a great list of toys and games that would be appropriate for your child based on their therapeutic needs. If you would like to read more on what makes a “perfect gift”, click here “Perfect” Gifts. (more…)

What Makes a “Perfect” Gift for Kids?

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Nov 30, 2015   Category: Articles, Resources, What's New  


Looking for the perfect gift for that special child in your life? What IS the perfect gift? If you ask the therapists at Leaps and Bounds, we will tell you that the gift should be a toy or game that will encourage the use of the senses, promote motor skill development, and facilitate language skills. While that may not sound like fun, that is what makes it a perfect gift. It provides opportunities for learning and development, while a child will simply see the toy as fun, unadulterated play. So, what is this toy you ask? Well, (more…)

October is Sensory Awareness Month!

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Oct 9, 2015   Category: Articles, Resources  

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We learn through our seven senses. Everything we do requires the use of our senses (more…)

April is OT Month

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Apr 10, 2014   Category: Articles, Resources  

Some people may wonder “Why would a child need occupational therapy? Kids do not have jobs.” A child actually has many jobs throughout his day, including: playing, interacting with peers and adults, following directions, sitting down and paying attention, completing school work, completing self-help tasks (bathing, dressing, eating, managing belongings), engaging in fine motor and gross motor activities, and regulating emotions. When a child has a challenge in one or more of these areas, then he may benefit from occupational therapy. At Leaps and Bounds, we assess a child to determine the underlying causes of the challenges and we provide fun, play-based therapy to improve skills. Please refer to our Development Checklist (Does My Child Need Help?) or call our office for a free consultation if you have concerns about your child.

How We Are Different

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Oct 11, 2011   Category: Articles, Programs, Resources  

What makes Leaps and Bounds different from other therapy providers?

Leaps and Bounds was created to provide a unique therapy experience for children and their families. Our caring, well-trained professional staff provides one-of-a-kind, individualized therapy to meet the specific needs of each child and family. At Leaps and Bounds, many parents experience relief in finding professionals who understand their child and the unique struggles their family faces each day.

Each therapist at Leaps and Bounds is highly trained to provide top-quality therapy. Our therapists use a comprehensive approach to assess each child’s needs. We ensure that our therapists are trained in the latest, most up-to-date therapies, including but not limited to: Sensory Integration Therapy, The Listening Program, Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting Without Tears, Talk Tools, Beckman Oral-Motor Treatment, CranioSacral Therapy, and Myofascial Release.

We have found that children make the most progress when parents understand why their child is having difficulties. Therefore, we spend a significant amount of time educating parents about how sensory processing is impacting their child’s performance. We want parents to fully understand the underlying causes of their child’s difficulties, how therapy services would benefit their child, and strategies they can use at home, at school, and in the community.

Our center provides a safe environment for parents to express concerns, share their feelings and frustrations, and celebrate their child’s successes. Parents frequently call or stop by the center just to ask questions or to share stories. We are always ready with an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, and a smile of support. We often start as a professional resource for families but remain friends long after therapy has ended.

It is our passion to provide children and families with a positive, memorable experience. We get to celebrate with families when their child can verbalize his requests, make it through a store without a meltdown, sit for a family meal, wear hair bows without tears, walk barefoot in the sand, and enjoy raindrops on her face. We can help your child succeed, and we can guarantee that you will not have a similar experience anywhere else!

Come experience the difference at Leaps and Bounds!

11/13/09: “Making Sense of Handwriting” Seminar

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Oct 26, 2009   Category: Archive  

When: November 13, 2009 8:00am-3:45pm

Where: Marriott St. Louis Airport

Presented by Carrie Salyer and Lisa Cooseman

Handwriting is a complex task that requires the integration of our senses. In this seminar, participants will learn to look at handwriting through all of the senses. Understanding the foundational components of handwriting is critical in facilitating successful skill development. The sensory systems and their ability to process information is the center of this development. The presenter will discuss the developmental and sensory processing foundations that are necessary for production of efficient and legible handwriting. Various evaluation tools, including standardized and non-standardized assessments will be discussed to assist attendees in determining which tool may be best suited for the children they serve. This course will provide a different perspective of addressing handwriting development, as compared to traditional, direct treatment approaches. There is an emphasis on addressing the underlying skills required for efficient and legible handwriting. Specific handwriting techniques will not be taught.

Will They Grow Out Of It?

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Jul 31, 2009   Category: Articles, Resources  

They say, “Wait and see…she’ll grow out of it”, but I have concerns. What should I do?

When it comes to your child…you are the expert. Whether it is your first child, and something “just doesn’t seem quite right”, or it is your fifth child and you know that “he is just not like the others”, we believe that you as the parent know your children better than anyone else. (more…)