What is Social Thinking®

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on May 23, 2016   Category: Articles, Events, Parent Seminars, Resources  


Social Thinking®

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…)

Leaps & Bounds Speech Team

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Apr 28, 2016   Category: Articles, Programs, Resources, What's New  

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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’s Blog: Offering Insight into Autism

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Apr 21, 2016   Category: Articles, Resources  

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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…)

Light It Up Blue!

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Mar 24, 2016   Category: Articles, Resources, What's New  


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…)

Tummy Time

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on Jan 27, 2016   Category: Articles, Resources, What's New  

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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…)

Sensory Meltdowns

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on Jan 11, 2016   Category: Articles, Parent Seminars, Resources  

If you are a parent of a child that has difficulty processing sensory input, you may know all too well what a meltdown can look like and how difficult it can be to manage. Sensory meltdowns do not respond effectively to behavioral approaches. As parents, handling these meltdowns behaviorally may be the only strategy we know. If kids are having a sensory meltdown, they are likely not in control of their actions or words. (more…)

What Makes a “Perfect” Gift for Kids?

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Nov 30, 2015   Category: Articles, Resources  


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…)

Sensory Toy & Game List

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Nov 30, 2015   Category: Articles, Resources  


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…)

Helping Your Sensory Kids (and you) Survive the Holidays

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Nov 23, 2015   Category: Archive, Articles, Resources   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…)

For the Love of Reading

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Nov 10, 2015   Category: Articles, Recommended Reading, Resources  

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Where did the love of reading go, and how do we begin to invite it back into our children’s lives? So often, we as teachers, therapists, educators, and parents let our focus shift to what we consider to be more important elements of reading: how much are they reading, how fast are they reading, how much are they comprehending when they read, how many errors are they making when they read aloud. While it may be difficult for us to admit that these questions linger in our minds, the good news is that we can shift our focus back to where we started: the love of reading (more…)