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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!

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- Positive Behavior Management

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…)


2015 Winter-Spring Skill Building Groups

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


Helping Your Sensory Kids (and you) Survive the Holidays

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Nov 4, 2014   Category: Articles, Resources, What's New   Tags:

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 Tools

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Nov 1, 2014   Category: Parent Seminars, Resources  

When: November 6, 2014 7:30pm-9:00pm

Where: Leaps and Bounds

Learn tools and techniques to use when dealing with all of the sensory experiences of the holidays. Therapists will discuss many great gift ideas for sensory kids.

**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.**


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Oct 6, 2014   Category: Articles, Resources  

Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls….scary for any kid at Halloween! For kids with sensory processing concerns, Halloween can be scary for more than the obvious reasons. An unexpected “boo!”, flashing ghoulish lights, sticky/gooey pumpkin guts, costumes, masks, and lots of stimulation can easily lead to a meltdown for a child with sensory processing concerns.

Please see the attached article from AOTA for suggestions for a successful Halloween experience. Halloween Tips for Sensory Kids

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!