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2014 Fall Social Skills Groups

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Jul 23, 2014   Category: Groups, Programs, Resources  

Register now for our Fall Social Skills Groups

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: September 15th – December 13th

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Each group is led by an Occupational Therapist trained in teaching social skills.

Buddy Builders (Ages 3-5 years)

Saturdays: September 20th – December 13th (9:15-10:15 am)

This group will give your child the opportunity to work on making and sustaining friendships. This is an important age to start developing appropriate social interactions with peers in an encouraging environment.

ABCs to Social Skills (Ages 6-8 years)

Mondays: September 15th – December 8th (4:00-5:00 pm)

This group will be centered on developing appropriate social skills. Goals will include increasing your child’s confidence to start building long lasting friendships.

Building Friendships (Ages 8-12 years)

Thursdays: September 18th – December 11th (5:30-6:30 pm)

This group will give your child the opportunity to build confidence, develop age-appropriate social skills, and establish positive friendships with peers.

Girlfriend Group (Ages 7-12 years)

Mondays: September 15th – December 8th (5:15-6:15 pm)

This group will help girls connect and establish positive friendships with peers while engaging in “girly” activities. The group will foster self-confidence, communication, conflict resolution, and other issues that directly affect young girls.

Boys Will Be Boys Club (Ages 11-15 years)

Wednesdays: September 17th – December 10th (6:00-7:00 pm)

This group will help boys connect and establish positive friendships with each other. The group will foster appropriate behaviors, self-confidence, and communication. Conflict resolution will also be addressed throughout the group. Conflict resolution will also be addressed throughout the group.

**An intake assessment will be required for children not already attending Leaps and Bounds to ensure all of the children will receive maximum benefit from their group.**

Please call if you are interested in registering your child for any of the groups.

For additional groups, please see: Speech & Language Groups, Handwriting Groups, and Additional 2014 Fall Groups


2014 Fall Speech & Language Groups

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Jul 23, 2014   Category: Groups, Programs, Resources  

When: September 15 through December 13th

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Chit Chat Group

Dates and times to be determined

This group is designed for children who are not yet talking or who need a boost in their vocabulary. A portion of this group will include parent participation and will address social language. The group will include ideas to encourage development in the home.

Super Friends

Dates and times to be determined

Designed around the Social Thinking® curriculum, this group targets children with social learning challenges who have verbal and cognitive skills at or above age level. Children in this group should also have a basic understanding that people may be thinking differently. The group will build on this understanding to apply it in social contexts.

Parents will receive instruction on facilitating learning at home.

**An intake assessment will be required for children not already attending Leaps and Bounds to ensure all of the children will receive maximum benefit from their group.**

Please call if you are interested in registering your child for any of the groups.

For additional groups, please see: Social Skills Groups, Handwriting Groups, Additional 2014 Fall Groups


2014 Fall Handwriting Groups

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Jul 23, 2014   Category: Groups, Programs, Resources  

Register now for our Fall Handwriting Groups

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Each group is led by an Occupational Therapist trained in teaching handwriting.

Beginner Handwriting (Ages 4-6 years)

Mondays: September 15th – December 8th (4:00-5:00 pm)

This group is for children who are learning to recognize and write all the letters of the alphabet along with numbers 1-10. The group will teach your child efficient letter formations and will facilitate appropriate pencil grasp.

Advanced Print (Ages 5-7 years)

Mondays: September 15th – December 8th (5:15-6:15 pm)

This group is for children who can form all of their letters and numbers. These children are working on writing words, adhering to the line, appropriate spacing, and the size of their letters.

**An intake assessment will be required for children not already attending Leaps and Bounds to ensure all of the children will receive maximum benefit from their group.**

Please call if you are interested in registering your child for any of the groups.

For additional groups, please see: Social Skills Groups, Speech & Language Groups, and Additional 2014 Fall Groups


2014 Fall Additional Groups

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Jul 23, 2014   Category: Groups, Programs, Resources  

When: September 15th through December 13th

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Sensory for Mommy & Me (Ages 18 months – 2 1/2 years)

Mondays: September 15th – December 8th (9:30-10:30 am)

Moms bring your little ones to this group to learn, explore, and grow. Therapists have developed specifically designed activities to promote gross motor and fine motor skills, social play, and sensory development.

Throughout the group, therapists will provide strategies for you to continue developing skills at home specific to your child’s needs.

If you are looking for a group that will not only encourage development, but also focus on your child’s individual goals, this group is for you.

Table Time (Ages 3 – 5 years)

Thursdays: September 18th – December 11th (12:30-1:30 pm)

Is mealtime stressful at your house? Picky eating can be a daily struggle for families. Table Time is a group designed to provide positive mealtime experiences with peers, while increasing the variety of foods a child will eat. This group will also guide parents on how to continue to facilitate these positive changes at home.

**An intake assessment will be required for children not already attending Leaps and Bounds to ensure all of the children will receive maximum benefit from their group.**

Please call if you are interested in registering your child for any of the groups.

For additional groups, please see: Social Skills Groups, Speech & Language Groups, and Handwriting Groups


How We Are Different

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Oct 11, 2011   Category: Articles, Programs, Resources  

What makes Leaps and Bounds different from other therapy providers?

Leaps and Bounds was created to provide a unique therapy experience for children and their families. Our caring, well-trained professional staff provides one-of-a-kind, individualized therapy to meet the specific needs of each child and family. At Leaps and Bounds, many parents experience relief in finding professionals who understand their child and the unique struggles their family faces each day.

Each therapist at Leaps and Bounds is highly trained to provide top-quality therapy. Our therapists use a comprehensive approach to assess each child’s needs. We ensure that our therapists are trained in the latest, most up-to-date therapies, including but not limited to: Sensory Integration Therapy, The Listening Program, Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting Without Tears, Talk Tools, Beckman Oral-Motor Treatment, CranioSacral Therapy, and Myofascial Release.

We have found that children make the most progress when parents understand why their child is having difficulties. Therefore, we spend a significant amount of time educating parents about how sensory processing is impacting their child’s performance. We want parents to fully understand the underlying causes of their child’s difficulties, how therapy services would benefit their child, and strategies they can use at home, at school, and in the community.

Our center provides a safe environment for parents to express concerns, share their feelings and frustrations, and celebrate their child’s successes. Parents frequently call or stop by the center just to ask questions or to share stories. We are always ready with an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, and a smile of support. We often start as a professional resource for families but remain friends long after therapy has ended.

It is our passion to provide children and families with a positive, memorable experience. We get to celebrate with families when their child can verbalize his requests, make it through a store without a meltdown, sit for a family meal, wear hair bows without tears, walk barefoot in the sand, and enjoy raindrops on her face. We can help your child succeed, and we can guarantee that you will not have a similar experience anywhere else!

Come experience the difference at Leaps and Bounds!


Signs and Symptoms Checklist

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Aug 3, 2009   Category: Articles, Programs, Resources  

Below you will find an abbreviated Signs and Symptoms Checklist that can help you determine if your child would benefit from an evaluation.  The following lists address Sensory Processing, Speech and Language, and Gross Motor Skills.

Sensory Processing

Signs that your child may not be efficiently processing visual information:

□ Sensitive to light (squints, blinks, covers eyes)
□ Poor reading, writing, and math skills
□ Distractible
□ Poor eye contact
□ Poor handwriting (more…)


Speech and Language

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Aug 3, 2009   Category: Articles, Programs, Resources  

Speech and Language Therapy addresses concerns with a child’s ability to communicate with others. Speech is defined as a child’s ability to produce sounds for speaking. Language is the use and understanding of words for communication.

Therapists use a variety of therapeutic techniques to improve a child’s sound production, communication skills, language development, pragmatics, and oral motor skills. The Speech Language Pathologists at Leaps and Bounds use sensory-motor activities to enhance language development and to make therapy fun for kids. Our goal is to assist families to establish effective communication with their child. (more…)


Welcome to Leaps and Bounds!

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Jul 30, 2009   Category: Articles, Programs, Resources  

Established in 2005, Leaps and Bounds was the first pediatric therapy center of its kind in the Greater St. Louis area, and is the only facility of its kind in St. Charles County. Located on Jungermann Road in St. Peters, Missouri, Leaps and Bounds was formed when Occupational Therapists, Lisa Cooseman and Carrie Salyer, had a vision to help children and families who were not able to get the services they needed from other resources. Leaps and Bounds is a unique facility that embraces not only a child’s therapy needs, but provides a comprehensive program that is family-centered.
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Gross Motor Skills

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Jun 16, 2009   Category: Articles, Programs, Resources  

Gross motor skills are considered to be the skills that require the large muscles of the body. These are skills such as rolling, sitting, walking, climbing, running, jumping, skipping, riding a bicycle, and jumping rope. Many things are required for good gross motor skills. A child must not only have adequate muscle tone and strength, but he must have the body awareness to develop the appropriate coordination. (more…)


Fine Motor Skills

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Jun 16, 2009   Category: Articles, Programs, Resources  

Fine motor skills are skills completed using the small muscles of the body. This includes those in the hand, mouth, and eyes. Most often, fine motor skills refer to those activities completed with hands and fingers, such as stringing beads, buttoning, holding a pencil, and tying shoes. Fine motor skill development begins at an early age. As a child develops strength and body awareness, the fine motor control becomes more refined. A child must have good strength and stability in his postural muscles and shoulder muscles in order to have mature, refined fine motor control. Additionally, for good fine motor control, a child must have efficient sensory processing in the proprioceptive and tactile sensory systems. These systems enable a child to use his muscles efficiently to complete fine motor tasks. (more…)