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Resources

Part of our mission is to serve as a resource for families, teachers, and other individuals working with children. Please take a minute to post a comment on an article, share your questions, thoughts, experiences, and insights. This page is updated frequently, so please visit often!

February 21, 2015 – One Day Fun Day – Under the Sea

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Feb 10, 2015   Category: Events, Resources  

When: February 21, 2015 1:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Please click on the flyer below for details:

One Day Fun Day - February 2015


Free Speech/Language Screenings

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Feb 9, 2015   Category: Resources  

When: February 9-27, 2015

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Are you concerned with your child’s speech and language skills? Leaps and Bounds is offering free speech and language screenings for children birth-8 years old.

Call today to schedule your appointment at 636-928-LEAP (5327).


Picky Eaters

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Feb 9, 2015   Category: Articles, Parent Seminars, Resources  

Brayden

Mealtime!

Does that word start to evoke some anxiety for you as a parent? You might find yourself anticipating the crying, gagging, and battling that occurs so frequently around meals. You may even find yourself avoiding the battle and serving things that will yield a more peaceful dinner time.

Eating is actually a very complex activity and is rich with sensory experiences. When the food is on the plate in front of our child, he is required to process and interpret the smell (olfactory), how it looks (visual), how it feels in his hand or mouth (tactile), getting the food to his mouth (coordination/ fine motor), maintaining a seated position (vestibular/ proprioception), biting/chewing (proprioception/ motor planning), and then swallowing the food (oral motor strength/ coordination). Whew!!

For children with sensory processing deficits, this can be too stressful to even begin. (more…)


Making Mealtime Fun!

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Feb 9, 2015   Category: Events, Parent Seminars, Resources  

When: March 5, 2015 7:30pm-9:00pm

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Are mealtimes stressful at your house? Do you consider your child to be a picky eater? An occupational therapist will discuss some of the sensory, motor, and behavioral factors that can impact feeding, and how this can play a role in your child’s mealtime. Explore options for decreasing mealtime stresses and battles, and learn to identify when additional resources would be beneficial.

**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.**


Speech and Language Developmental Milestones

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Jan 15, 2015   Category: Events, Parent Seminars, Resources  

When: February 5, 2015 7:30pm-9:00pm

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Come find out the top 10 things a Speech-Language Pathologist wants you to know to encourage speech and language development. Milestones from birth to age 5 will be reviewed, and we will discuss enriching activities to facilitate language development at home. You will leave with fun ideas to use with your child!

**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.**


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…)


Is it Sensory? Unraveling the Mysteries of Problem Behavior

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Dec 25, 2014   Category: Events, Parent Seminars, Resources  

When: January 15, 2015 7:30pm-9:00pm

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Why do kids act out? An occupational therapist will discuss several potential factors such as poor sensory processing, poor sleep patterns, and/or nutritional issues that cause negative behaviors. We will also discuss how to determine what factors are impacting an individual child.

**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.**


2015 FREE Parent Seminar Schedule

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Dec 5, 2014   Category: Parent Seminars, Resources  

When: Thursdays, 7:30pm-9:00pm
Where: Leaps and Bounds

January 15th, 2015- Is it Sensory? Unraveling the Mysteries of Problem Behavior.

February 5, 2015- Speech & Language Developmental Milestones

March 5, 2015- Making Mealtime Fun!

April 2, 2015- Understanding Your Sensory Kid

May 7, 2015- Getting Ready For School

June 4, 2015- Social Thinking

Leaps and Bounds will be taking a short break from Parent Seminars in July & August

September 3, 2015- iPad 101

October 1, 2015- Reading and Literacy

November 5, 2015- Visual Schedule & Supports- Make and Take

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


Sensory Toy & Game List

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Dec 4, 2014   Category: Articles, Resources  

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…)


What Makes a “Perfect” Gift for Kids?

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Dec 4, 2014   Category: Articles, Resources  

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…)