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Preparing for the Holidays – One Day Fun Day (December 2018)

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Nov 27, 2018   Category: Events, Resources  

When: Saturday, December 8, 2018 12:30-3:30PM

Where: Leaps and Bounds

What: Holiday themed activties, snack and LOTS of fun!

Price: $50 per child/$45 per child for 2 or more siblings

Ages: 5 – 12

Pediatric therapists will direct the workshop. Limited space is available.
Please call 636-928-LEAP (5327) to reserve a spot for your child!

Helping Your Sensory Kids (and you) Survive the Holidays

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Nov 27, 2018   Category: Articles, Resources, What's New   Tags:

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Holidays are fun, joyful times with family and friends! AND they are overwhelming, over-stimulating, and exhausting for nearly all of us. Imagine being a sensory kid who is overwhelmed by stimulation on a daily basis, or a sensory kid who needs more, more, more….more movement, more touch, more everything! Holiday gatherings can prove to be very challenging for any type of sensory kid.

Before you head off to ten different family gatherings, make a plan to help your child be successful and ease your stress. First, consider (more…)

Sensory Toy & Game List

Posted By: Carrie Salyer on Nov 27, 2018   Category: Articles, Resources, What's New  


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 Nov 27, 2018   Category: Articles, Resources, What's New  


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…)

Photos with Santa (December 2018)

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Nov 16, 2018   Category: Events, Resources  

Santa’s coming to Leaps & Bounds!

We will be hosting a fun, sensory-sensitive visit from Santa again this year!
Spots are limited – call today to schedule!

Therapy Spotlight: Communication with AAC

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on Oct 22, 2018   Category: Articles, Resources  

Therapy Spotlight: Communication with AAC

Written by: Carissa Speelman, M.A. CCC-SLP

Meet Evan.

Evan came to Leaps and Bounds with extremely limited ability to communicate. He was able to do some sign language and minimal approximations of words, but had an extremely difficult time communicating. He began speech and language therapy to focus on increasing his vocabulary through sign language, combining signs into shorter phrases, and imitating short partial words. Our focus was helping him develop skills to improve his ability to communicate his wants and needs. (more…)

Halloween Tips

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Oct 16, 2018   Category: Resources  


Halloween can be a scary time for all kids, but it can be an especially challenging time for kids with sensory processing difficulties. From the costumes and the masks, to the scary monsters lurking in haunted houses, to the unexpected surprise of someone yelling “Boo!”, there are a lot of potentially difficult issues when it comes to Halloween. But, with some planning and strategies, it can be a fun and enjoyable experience for all kids (more…)

Therapy Spotlight: Intensive Therapy Program

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on Sep 21, 2018   Category: Articles, Resources  

Therapy Spotlight: Intensive Therapy Program

Written by: Julie Johnson, MOT, OTR/L

Introducing Jack:

Tying shoes. Jumping jacks. Pumping a playground swing. Socializing with peers. These are things that come naturally to most school-aged children. For others, these tasks are challenging and these struggles negatively impact the child’s self-esteem and confidence. What parent wants to watch his or her child struggle through tasks that peers do with ease? (more…)

SUPERHERO Camp: Fall Break Learning Enrichment (Oct 2018)

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Sep 11, 2018   Category: Resources  

October 15th – 19th
9:00AM – 3:00PM

We are now accepting enrollment for our Fall Break Learning Enrichment Camp! Please click on the flyer below for more details.

Please call the office at 636-928-LEAP (5327) with any questions or to sign your child up today!

Back to School – Starting the Year Off Right!

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on Aug 22, 2018   Category: Resources  

Back to School – Starting the Year Off Right!

It is likely as a parent you might have some mixed emotions about your kids going back to school. Yes, there are more routine schedules which our bodies and minds seem to search for. However, the cost of having a routine schedule is that you often have to get up much earlier. Then there is the difficulty of switching from summer mode into school mode – back to school events, buying school supplies, making lunches, keeping up with homework, shuttling to after-school activities. All of these may cause increased stress levels for everyone.

Putting some things in place at the beginning of the school year can help with the chaos of these new routines. Here are some ideas that may be helpful (more…)