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…)
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…)
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…)
Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls….scary for any kid at Halloween! For kids with sensory processing concerns, Halloween can be scary for more than the obvious reasons. An unexpected “boo!”, flashing ghoulish lights, sticky/gooey pumpkin guts, costumes, masks, and lots of stimulation can easily lead to a meltdown for a child with sensory processing concerns.
Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!
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.
Leaps and Bounds, Inc. held a group in June that met 2 times/ week utilizing Dr. Kay Toomey’s S.O.S. Approach to Feeding. Our group was called Lunch Munch. The children in this group were 4-5 years of age. They entered the group with a strong aversion to mealtime and were classified by their parents as being “picky eaters.” Their diet consisted mostly of purees including baby food, mashed potatoes and some dry crunchy foods (crackers).
The group was led by a speech language pathologist and an occupational therapist. Another therapist also met with the parents each session to talk to them about the program and how to facilitate the program at home. The parents also watched several sessions via video from another room as a therapist described the process of the group.
The group was such a success! All of the kids met their goal of becoming more comfortable at mealtimes. During table time, they were engaged and positive. Each child was able to interact with the food each time it was presented by touching it, bringing it to their mouth, biting it, and even at times, swallowing the food. The children made progress with each session. Parents reported the following progress at home as well:
• Sitting at mealtime without difficulty
• Gagging decreased when food was presented
• Trying different foods
• Accepting new foods on their plate
• Touching foods that they previously could not tolerate in front of them
This program has been a great tool to use to navigate this difficult area. The process of getting a “picky eater” to eat takes time and patience, but this program has proven to be helpful.
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!
Below you will find an abbreviated Signs and Symptoms Checklist that can help you determine if your child would benefit from an evaluation. The following lists address Sensory Processing, Speech and Language, and Gross Motor Skills.
Signs that your child may not be efficiently processing visual information:
□ Sensitive to light (squints, blinks, covers eyes)
□ Poor reading, writing, and math skills
□ Poor eye contact
□ Poor handwriting (more…)
Speech and Language Therapy addresses concerns with a child’s ability to communicate with others. Speech is defined as a child’s ability to produce sounds for speaking. Language is the use and understanding of words for communication.
Therapists use a variety of therapeutic techniques to improve a child’s sound production, communication skills, language development, pragmatics, and oral motor skills. The Speech Language Pathologists at Leaps and Bounds use sensory-motor activities to enhance language development and to make therapy fun for kids. Our goal is to assist families to establish effective communication with their child. (more…)
My 2 ½ year old is not talking like other kids her age. Should I be concerned?
It all depends on the child. There are many reasons why a child may not have speech and language skills similar to her peers. It is important to remember that every child develops speech and language skills at a different pace. Girls tend to develop language more quickly than boys, though this is not always the case. If you have concerns, it is important to seek out professional advice to determine if an evaluation is warranted. (more…)