October is Sensory Awareness Month and we’d like to take the opportunity to answer the question…What is Sensory Processing?
We learn about our bodies and the world around us through the use of our senses. Everything we do requires the use of our seven sensory systems: tactile (touch), olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste), auditory (sound), visual (sight), vestibular (movement & balance), and proprioceptive (body awareness & movement). Sensory processing is the ability of the nervous system to perceive sensory information, process it, and produce a response based on how the information is interpreted. This occurs in every body every moment of the day. The body is constantly bombarded with an array of sensory information. To participate effectively in daily life activities, we need our sensory systems to be integrated and “working together” to give us information about our body, how to use our body, how to interact with others, and how to interact with the world around us. The ability to efficiently process sensory information impacts all of our daily life activities. (more…)
Below you will find an abbreviated Sensory Processing Signs and Symptoms Checklist that can help you determine if your child would benefit from an Occupational Therapy evaluation.
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…)
Visual Supports in Every Day Life
The idea of visual supports may not seem applicable for everyone, but each day we use lists, calendars, signs and pictures to get through our day. These visual supports help us to (more…)
Back to School Wellness Tips
Now that kids are back to school, they are exposed to lots of stress, germs, and activities that can impact their learning. Here are a few tips to keep your kids healthy and ready to learn for the upcoming school year (more…)
Michelle Garcia Winner developed Social Thinking® in the 1990’s when working as a speech language pathologist in a high school. She quickly learned that she was working with many kids that had undiagnosed social deficits that were not being effectively addressed. Michelle designed and continues to build her Social Thinking® program to work with kids that have social cognitive deficits.
Social competence is not entirely something that is taught. However, we expect that kids can be effective in interacting with others (more…)
We are so excited about our growing speech therapy team!! We wanted to share a little bit about how our speech therapists are helping kids at Leaps & Bounds.
Our speech language pathologists (SLPs) have worked with kids in the following areas: articulation, oral motor/feeding, expressive language, receptive language, dysarthria, dysfluency, and social skills. Kids may not qualify for therapy in other settings, but are still able to receive services at Leaps and Bounds. (more…)
Rachel and her sister Kara are twins with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Rachel and Kara enjoy coming to Leaps & Bounds and participating in the One Day Fun Days. One of their favorite activities are the messy bins. Rachel has been working on different strategies for calming herself and helping her sister stay calm. Rachel agreed to share her insightful writings as a look into how someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder perceives situations and works through them on a daily basis. She was gracious enough to let us highlight her writings for Autism Awareness Month. (more…)
April is Autism Awareness month and at Leaps & Bounds we’re Lighting It Up Blue for Autism!
We’d like to take this opportunity to shine a light on one of our amazing kiddos, Josh Fischer and his family. (more…)
If you are a parent, you may have likely heard the words “tummy time” countless times during those early years. Tummy time is important for your child’s development and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In the early 90’s, there was a “Back to Sleep” campaign that was launched as a safety precaution and many parents were fearful of putting babies on their tummies. The AAP now promotes practicing “back to sleep and tummy to play”. Why is tummy time so important to development? (more…)