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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Halloween can be a scary time for all kids, but it can be an especially challenging time for kids with sensory processing difficulties. From the costumes and the masks, to the scary monsters lurking in haunted houses, to the unexpected surprise of someone yelling “Boo!”, there are a lot of potentially difficult issues when it comes to Halloween. But, with some planning and strategies, it can be a fun and enjoyable experience for all kids (more…)
Snickers. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Skittles. Twizzlers. These are just a few of the items commonly handed out to children on Halloween. But what about those kids who are allergic to peanuts? What about the ones who eat a gluten-free diet, avoid food dyes, or have a g-tube and can’t ingest food by mouth? How can we find a universal way to offer treats to all children on Halloween without excluding those with food or dietary restrictions?
The answer is the Teal Pumpkin Project (more…)
We learn through our seven senses. Everything we do requires the use of our senses (more…)