Therapy Spotlight: Intensive Therapy Program

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on Sep 21, 2018   Category: Articles, Resources  

Therapy Spotlight: Intensive Therapy Program

Written by: Julie Johnson, MOT, OTR/L

Introducing Jack:

Tying shoes. Jumping jacks. Pumping a playground swing. Socializing with peers. These are things that come naturally to most school-aged children. For others, these tasks are challenging and these struggles negatively impact the child’s self-esteem and confidence. What parent wants to watch his or her child struggle through tasks that peers do with ease? (more…)

Trauma and Stress Experiences in Kids

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Aug 14, 2018   Category: Articles, Resources  

We all experience different levels of stress in our days. Stress experiences can occur in utero, shortly after birth, and/or throughout the lifetime. The list of possible stress and trauma experiences are innumerable, and the impact of an event will depend on a child’s previous experiences and (more…)

Getting Ready for School – 5 Strategies to Prepare Your Child

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on Jul 18, 2018   Category: Articles, Resources, What's New  

Whether your child is beginning preschool or Kindergarten, it is no doubt a HUGE transition for you and your child. Preparation for this big change can lessen stress and anxiety for each of you. Here are 5 strategies to help your child:

1. Pretend Play

Playing school with your child will help them to understand the expectations of their school day and gain a better understanding of the concept of school. Have your child engage in the activities they will experience during their school day. Try sitting down for circle time, eating a snack out of a lunch box or snack bag, and reading a story at “nap time” to replicate the classroom they will be going to. You can be the teacher to model and then let your child give it a try. (more…)

Summer Camp: A Mom’s Perspective

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on May 9, 2018   Category: Articles, Resources  

Written by: Becky Duchene, one of our many dedicated Leaps & Bounds parents!

Fun! Exercise! Fun! Friendship! Fun! Science! Fun! Writing! Fun! Math! Fun! Art! Fun! Water!

These are the words that come to my mind as I consider the Summer Camp sessions provided by Leaps and Bounds each year. Each spring, my boys, Samuel and Noah, wait expectantly for the colorful summer brochure to pop up on my computer screen in order to discover the themes for the different weeks of camp. As I open my old-school spiral-bound planner to the pages for June, July, and August, I hear both Samuel and Noah chatter excitedly next to me as they take turns reading descriptions and exchanging opinions. Time at Leaps and Bounds is truly a (more…)

Executive Function: Skills for Success

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on Apr 13, 2018   Category: Articles, Parent Seminars, Resources, What's New  

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Executive Function: Skills for Success

Written by: Julie Johnson, MOT, OTR/L

As adults, we don’t talk back to our boss when we disagree and we refrain from honking the horn when someone cuts us off on the road, because we have control over our behaviors. We look at problems from different angles and use a variety of strategies until we are successful, because we can (more…)

Autism Awareness: Personal Reflections

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on Mar 28, 2018   Category: Articles, Resources  

Autism Awareness: Personal Reflections

Written by: Lisa Cooseman OTR/L, MS

I have been fortunate to have worked with individuals that are impacted by Autism and their families for 20 years. As I sat down to write this blog, I immediately began thinking about the many families that I have had the pleasure to know (more…)

Spring Break Intensive Therapy Sessions!

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on Feb 15, 2018   Category: Articles, Resources  

A Spring Break Opportunity:

At Leaps and Bounds, we offer an intensive therapy option for families who would like to see maximum progress toward therapy goals in a shorter period of time. Although we offer this throughout the year, spring break may be an ideal time for families to take advantage of this option due to the time off of school. An intensive model allows for the use of (more…)

Understanding Dyslexia

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on Feb 7, 2018   Category: Articles, Resources  

Written by: Autumn Foster, M.S., CCC-SLP

The word “Dyslexia” is becoming a hot topic. Reading and writing are complex tasks. Rightfully so, Dyslexia is a complex condition. Have you heard about Dyslexia? Are you wondering if your child or a loved one has Dyslexia? Do you know what YOU can do to help? If you are interested in learning more, check out these general topics of conversation relating to Dyslexia. (more…)

Therapy Spotlight: A Search for Meaningful Occupations

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on Jan 19, 2018   Category: Articles, Resources  

Therapy Spotlight: A Search for Meaningful Occupations

Written by: Julie Johnson, MOT, OTR/L

Dan has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and has been a part of the Leaps and Bounds family for many years. As he got older, Dan’s therapy goals shifted to a focus on independence and finding meaningful occupations. Dan’s mother, as any parent, wants for Dan to feel happy and be a part of something that he feels good about. She found this to be challenging after graduation, because Dan’s skill level fell in-between paid employment and the supported workplace settings that they started touring. (more…)

Food Wars: Tips for Your Picky Eater

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on Jan 4, 2018   Category: Articles, Parent Seminars, Resources  

Food Wars: Tips for Your Picky Eater

Written by: Lisa Cooseman, OTR/L, MS

Do mealtimes tend to feel more like a war for you as a parent? You might find yourself anticipating the crying, gagging, and battling that occurs so frequently around meals. You may even find yourself avoiding the battle and serving things that will yield a more peaceful dinner time.

Eating is actually a very complex activity and is rich with sensory experiences. When the food is on the plate in front of our child, he is required to process and interpret the smell (olfactory), how it looks (visual), how it feels in his hand or mouth (tactile), getting the food to his mouth (coordination/ fine motor), maintaining a seated position (vestibular/ proprioception), biting/chewing (proprioception/ motor planning), and then swallowing the food (oral motor strength/ coordination). Whew!!

For children with sensory processing deficits, this can be too stressful to even begin. (more…)