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Summer 2015 – Social Skills Groups

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Apr 21, 2015   Category: Groups, Programs, Resources, What's New  

Register now for our Summer Social Skills Groups

When: One day per week, June 1st, 2015 – August 7th, 2015

Where: Leaps and Bounds

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

Buddy Builders (Ages 3-5 years)

This group will give your child the opportunity to interact and play with peers. Therapists will utilize modeling and positive behavior strategies to encourage interactions. This group will provide the structure appropriate for this age to enhance predictability and engagement.

ABCs to Social Skills (Ages 6-8 years)

In this group, children participate in instruction of social skills and are provided with opportunities to practice their skills. Goals include increasing your child’s confidence to initiate interactions, listening skills, and understanding social cues.

Building Friendships (Ages 8-12 years)

This group will give your child the opportunity to build confidence, develop age-appropriate social skills, and establish positive friendships with peers. Children will participate in activities that promote communication, taking directions from peers, and negotiation.

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

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.

Girlfriend Group (Ages 7-12 years)

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

Super Friends (Ages 4 years and older)

This group is 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 have a different perspective. The groups will build on this understanding to apply it in a social context.

**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, Skill Building Groups, Feeding Groups, and Additional Group Programming


Summer 2015 – Speech and Language Groups

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Apr 21, 2015   Category: Groups, Programs, Resources, What's New  

Register now for our Summer Speech and Language Groups

When: One day per week, June 1st, 2015 – August 7th, 2015

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Each group is led by a Speech Language Pathologist.

Chit Chat (Ages 18 months-3 years)

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

Summer Speech (Ages 5-10 years)

This group is designed for children who are currently receiving speech services and need some extra practice during summer break. Sounds will be targeted in a fun and engaging environment with activities that will help support correct sound productions. A home program will also be set up to aid families in working with their child during the week.

**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, Skill Building Groups, Feeding Groups, and Additional Group Programming


Summer 2015 – Skill Building Groups

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Apr 21, 2015   Category: Groups, Programs, Resources, What's New  

Register now for our Summer Skills Building Groups

When: Once or twice a week, June 1st, 2015 – August 7th, 2015

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Each group is led by an Occupational Therapist.

Preschool Prep and Play (Ages 3-5 years)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 2nd – August 6th 9:00-10:30 a.m.
This is a 90 minute group that meets twice a week with both an occupational therapist and a speech and language pathologist present to assist your child with developing the skills that he needs for preschool. The group will address a variety of skills including, but not limited to: attention, fine motor skills, social skills, and communication.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten (Ages 4-6 years)

Mondays and Wednesdays, June 1st – August 5th 9:00-10:30 a.m.
This is a 90 minute group that meets twice a week with both an occupational therapist and a speech and language pathologist present to assist your child with developing the skills that he needs for Kindergarten. The group will address a variety of skills including, but not limited to: attention, fine motor skills, social skills, and communication.

ABCs and 123s (Ages 3-4 years)

This group is for children starting to become interested in letters and numbers. The group will focus on pre-writing skills along with developing age appropriate grasps and start to identify letters and numbers.

Beginner Handwriting (Ages 4-6 years)

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 formation and will facilitate appropriate pencil grasp.

Advanced Print (Ages 5-7 years)

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, Feeding Groups, and Additional Group Programming


Summer 2015 – Feeding Groups

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Apr 21, 2015   Category: Groups, Programs, Resources, What's New  

Register now for our Feeding Groups

When: One day per week, June 1st, 2015 – August 7th, 2015

Where: Leaps and Bounds

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

Munch and Crunch Lunch (For Picky Eaters Ages 3-5 years)

Join us at lunch as we create and taste new fun food to help diversify your child’s diet! Your child will enjoy his meals with friends and have fun trying new foods!

Afternoon Snack Food Critics (Ages 7-10 years)

This group will have members taste new snack options each week and write a blog about it. This group offers a unique blend of feeding, social skills, language and reading comprehension, allowing children to bring different strengths to 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: Social Skills Groups, Speech & Language Groups, Skill Building Groups, and Additional Group Programming


Summer 2015 – Additional Group Programming

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Apr 21, 2015   Category: Groups, Programs, Resources, What's New  

Register now for our Summer Groups

When: One day per week, June 1st, 2015 – August 7th, 2015

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Each group is led by an Occupational Therapist and/or a Speech/Language Pathologist.

Mommy and Me Sensory and Sign (Ages 12-24 months)

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, language development, and sensory development.

Biker Buddies (Ages 5 years and above)

This group is for children learning how to ride their bikes. The group will develop skills needed to be successful in riding a bike including: postural control, motor coordination, and lower extremity strengthening.

Healthy Bodies, Happy Kids (Ages 7-12 years)

Does your child have difficulty feeling comfortable and confident when wearing a variety of different garments or engaging in different tactile activities? This group will be focused around positive experiences with various types of clothing and tactile experiences, as well as working on emotional regulation skills to help build confidence and improve coping skills.

**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, Skill Building Groups, and Feeding Groups


Teaching Sign Language to Babies

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Jan 8, 2015   Category: Articles, Groups, Programs, Resources  

What are the benefits of teaching my baby signs?

• Reduces frustration, tantrums and tears of both child and parent
• Improves parent-baby bonding
• Makes learning to talk easier
• Stimulates cognitive, social-emotional, and language development
• Boosts self-esteem and self-confidence
• Increases communication by allowing a preverbal infant to express his basic wants and needs

Babies naturally begin to use their hands to communicate before, and in accompaniment with, the development of their first words. These gestures typically develop between (more…)


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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