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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…)


2015 Winter-Spring Skill Building Groups

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Nov 21, 2014   Category: Groups, Programs, Resources  

Register now for our Winter Skill Building Groups

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays: February 2nd, 2015 – April 27th, 2015

Where: Leaps and Bounds

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

Beginner Handwriting (Ages 4-6 years)

Mondays: February 2nd – April 27th (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: February 2nd – April 27th (4:00-5:00 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.

Good Start Morning Group (Ages 6 years and older)

Tuesdays and Thursdays: February 3rd – March 12th (7:30-8:00 am)

This is an early morning group focusing on preparing your child’s sensory systems and body for a long day at school. This will involve strategies to use at home and at school.

Morning Routine Masters (Ages 6 years and older)

Tuesdays and Thursdays: February 3rd – March 12th (7:30-8:00 am)

This is an early morning group focused on assisting your child to manage his AM routine with greater independence. Activities will be built around mastering the skills of dressing, hygiene, breakfast, and managing time throughout the morning. Pajamas are welcome with the expectation that your child will leave with his daytime clothes.

Preschool Prep and Play (Ages 3-5 years)

Tuesdays and Thursdays: February 3rd – March 12th (9:00-10:30 am)

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, socials skills, and communication.

**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 2015 Fall Groups


2015 Winter-Spring Social Skills Groups

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Nov 21, 2014   Category: Groups, Programs, Resources  

Register now for our Winter Social Skills Groups

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: February 2nd, 2015 – May 2nd, 2015

Where: Leaps and Bounds

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

Buddy Builders (Ages 3-5 years)

Saturdays: February 7th – May 2nd (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)

Tuesdays: February 3rd – April 28th (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: February 5th – April 30th (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: February 2nd – April 27th (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: February 4th – April 29th (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.

Super Friends (Ages 4 years and older)

Thursdays: February 5th – April 30th (4:00-5:00 pm)

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.

Writing Socially (Ages 4 years and older)

Wednesdays: February 4th – April 29th (10:30-11:30 am)

This group focuses on promoting fine motor skills needed for handwriting and other developmental tasks while promoting social skills. This group is great for any child struggling with one or both of these 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: Speech & Language Groups, Skill Building Groups, and Additional 2015 Fall Groups


2015 Winter-Spring Speech & Language Groups

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Nov 21, 2014   Category: Groups, Programs, Resources  

When: February 3rd through April 28th

When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays: February 3rd, 2015 – April 28th, 2015

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Chit Chat Group

Tuesdays: February 3rd – April 28th 9:00-10:00 a.m.

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.

Mommy and Me Baby Signs

Wednesdays: February 4th – April 15th 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Teaching your baby sign language can ease frustration and increase communication. You will learn alongside your child ways to boost early learning and communicative vocabulary. Bond with your child while enjoying fun music and videos, and learn valuable communication skills to use at home. Pricing will also include a kit to practice at home.

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, Skill Building Groups, Additional 2015 Fall Groups


2015 Winter-Spring Additional Groups

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Nov 21, 2014   Category: Groups, Programs, Resources  

When: February 4th through May 1st

When: Wednesdays and Fridays: February 4th, 2015 – May 1st, 2015

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Mommy & Me Sensory (Ages 12-24 months)

Wednesdays: February 4th – April 29th (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.

Munch and Crunch Lunch (Ages 3 – 5 years)

Fridays: February 6th – May 1st (12:00-1:00 pm)

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)

Fridays: February 6th – May 1st (3:30-4:30 pm)

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.

Make and Take Sensory Coach (Ages 5 years and older)

Fridays: February 6th – May 1st (1:15-2:15 pm)

This group is designed to assist families with carrying over clinical strategies at home. The group will include a parent education portion as well as clinical observation of the children utilizing specific sensory tools. While parent education is being completed, children will be participating in activities designed to assist with self-regulation.

Express Yourself (Ages 5 – 8 years)

Wednesdays: February 4th – April 29th (1:00-2:00 pm)

This group is a combination of many expressive arts activities to help your child become more confident in social situations and feel good about himself. The group will include yoga, arts and crafts, and communication regarding confidence and emotions.

**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 and Language Groups, and Skill Building 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…)