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Understanding Your IEP

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Jun 1, 2014   Category: Events, Parent Seminars  

When: June 5, 2014 7:30pm-9:00pm

Where: Leaps and Bounds

As a parent, navigating the process for special education services in public school can be confusing and frustrating. Alyssa Gratz, a nationally certified school psychologist, will provide an overview of the law and IEP process, give advice on how to advocate most effectively for your child, and include time to answer your questions.

**There will be no cost for this seminar. Seating is limited. Call or email to RSVP to reserve your spot. Please include your phone number if you register by email.**


May 15th Speech Play Date!

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on May 6, 2014   Category: Events, Resources  

Come celebrate Better Speech and Hearing month with a playdate with our AWESOME speech pathologists! From 9:00-10:00am on May 15th, 2014 you and your child can take part in fun, hands on activities while also learning ways to increase their speech development. Please call 636-928-5327 with any questions or to reserve your spot.

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Brushes and Music and Swings, OH MY!

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Apr 28, 2014   Category: Events, Parent Seminars  

When: May 1, 2014 7:30pm-9:00pm

Where: Leaps and Bounds

If your child requires sensory-based therapy, then you have probably done a google search and come across a gazillion different strategies, and may feel like you “are not in Kansas anymore.” There are countless sensory-based strategies that bring you into a whole new world of activities for you and your child; this can often be confusing and overwhelming. If you are finding yourself on this path or if your occupational therapist has recommended strategies and you want additional information, please join us for our next FREE parent seminar entitled: Sensory Tools on May 1st, 2014 at 7:30pm. This seminar will provide information on a variety of sensory tools and will provide answers to the Why? How? When? questions you may have.
Please reserve your spot by calling the office at 636-928-LEAP (5327) or email us at info@LeapsAndBoundsKids.com.

**There will be no cost for this seminar. Seating is limited. Please include your phone number if you register by email.**


April is OT Month

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Apr 10, 2014   Category: Articles, Events  

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.


Preparing For Life After Special Education

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Feb 20, 2014   Category: Events, Parent Seminars  

When: March 6, 2014 7:30pm-9:00pm

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Do you worry about your child’s or teen’s options after the high school years have ended? Would you like to speak with a therapist who specializes in helping young people with special needs transition successfully into adulthood?

Please join Leaps and Bounds on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 7:30 for our FREE Parent Seminar, titled “Preparing for Life After Special Education”. This seminar will focus on ways to help your child lay a solid foundation for future success, and about options for assistance after the school years. Please reserve your spot by calling the office at 636-928-LEAP (5327) or email us at info@LeapsAndBoundsKids.com.

**There will be no cost for this seminar. Seating is limited. Please include your phone number if you register by email.**


Look Who’s Talking at Home!

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Jan 31, 2014   Category: Events, Parent Seminars  

When: February 6, 2014 7:30pm-9:00pm

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Do you ever compare your child’s speech development to his peers? Do you wonder if he is on target? Have you ever been told to just “wait and see” and not to worry about her speech and language development until she is older? Do you know that using sippy cups can have a negative effect on your child’s oral motor skill development, which can impact feeding and speech skills? As a parent with a young child, you are likely constantly looking at how your child’s speech is developing and become worried if he is not talking like other children his age. There is a large range of “normal development” in the area of speech and language development, and within that range there are milestones that are expected to be reached at a certain age.

If you are looking for ways to encourage speech and language development in your home, please join us for our next FREE parent seminar on February 6th, 2014 at 7:30pm. You will learn the top 10 things your speech language pathologist wants you to know to encourage speech and language development in your home! Please reserve your spot by calling the office at 636-928-LEAP (5327) or email us at info@LeapsAndBoundsKids.com.

**There will be no cost for this seminar. Seating is limited. Please include your phone number if you register by email.**


Positive Behavior Management

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Jan 13, 2014   Category: Events, Parent Seminars  

When: January 16, 2014 7:30pm-9:00pm

Where: Leaps and Bounds

The holidays and snow days may have given you a lot of time at home with your children. After having many days at home, did you find it challenging to find ways to redirect negative behaviors? Children display behaviors for many reasons, and it is important to determine the cause of an undesirable behavior. Understanding why your child is acting out can influence how you react, and having many “tools” in your belt to direct your child can change the course of an interaction. Using some simple, positive strategies can alter your child’s response to a situation, and help you to feel successful with managing negative behaviors.

If you are looking for positive ways to influence your child’s behaviors, please join us for our next FREE parent seminar THIS Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 7:30pm.

**There will be no cost for this seminar. Seating is limited. Please include your phone number if you register by email.**


Backpack Safety Awareness: How Much Weight Is Too Much?

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Sep 11, 2013   Category: Events, Resources  

September 18, 2013 is National School Backpack Awareness Day, sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Over 50% of children use unsafe backpack practices that can lead to back, neck, and shoulder injuries. AOTA wants to bring attention to the safety hazards of inappropriate use of backpacks, as pain and injury can impact a child’s ability to complete daily activities.

Leaps and Bounds is hosting a Backpack Safety Awareness event on September 18th, from 3-5:30pm. Children and parents will learn that a child’s backpack should weigh no more than 10% of his body weight. Backpacks will be weighed and the child’s usage will be assessed. Additional backpack tips and education will be provided. All participants will be entered into a drawing for fun prizes!

Please call Leaps and Bounds at 636-928-LEAP (5327) to reserve a time for your child, or to get more information about the awareness event.

Click on the following links for additional information about backpack safety:
Backpack Facts: What’s All the Flap About?
Backpack Strategies for Parents and Students