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We started Leaps and Bounds 15 years ago with lots of hopes, excitement and energy as we poured every ounce of ourselves into this dream. There were so many hours researching, painting, finding just the right therapy tools, creating forms and procedures, etc. There were sleepless nights as we were so excited to start t...

By now we have been managing this pandemic for several weeks. We are each handling it in our own way and every family has different needs. We have heard from some of our Leaps and Bounds families that some of our kids are actually blossoming as the demands of school have changed. Our kids that have difficulty processin...

November 19, 2019

Thanksgiving is a time when we think of gathering with family and friends, enjoying time together and sharing meals. It can be difficult for parents and kids when the food served is not the standard foods that they are used to. This becomes significantly harder when you have a picky eater who avoids any new or non-pref...

February 19, 2019

Being able to regulate our emotions is not something we are born with. Parents of toddlers’ experience this on a daily basis. A child is upset because they want a toy from the store and the parent says, “no”. There is an immediate standoff including tears, screaming and dropping to the floor. As much as the parent may...

September 21, 2018

Do mealtimes tend to feel more like a war 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 ac...

September 4, 2018

October is Sensory Awareness Month and we’d like to take the opportunity to answer the question…What is Sensory Processing?

We learn about our bodies and the world around us through the use of our senses. Everything we do requires the use of our seven sensory systems: tactile (touch), olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste...

I have been fortunate to have worked with individuals that are impacted by Autism and their families for 20 years. As I sat down to write this blog, I immediately began thinking about the many families that I have had the pleasure to know and how I have been changed by them. I am a different therapist, person, mom, wif...

What does sensory processing mean for you?

At Leaps and Bounds, we often have Occupational Therapy students come in to observe the work we do. We recently had Makenna, an OT student from Maryville, observing a session with one of our Occupational Therapists, Kelsey. After the session, Makenna expressed to Kelsey that sh...

January 3, 2018

If you are a parent of a child that has difficulty processing sensory input, you may know all too well what a meltdown can look like and how difficult it can be to manage. Sensory meltdowns do not respond effectively to behavioral approaches. As parents, handling these meltdowns behaviorally may be the only strategy we...

October 16, 2017

October is Sensory Awareness month. As a way to raise awareness about sensory processing difficulties, we asked one of our wonderful families to answer some questions about their journey with their son, Will. We would like to thank the Jennings family for taking the time to help others understand sensory processing dif...

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