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Leaps and Bounds offers a variety of therapy programs to meet your child’s needs. We provide individual Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, and Feeding Therapy services. We also offer Intensive Therapy programs, Learning Enrichment Camps, and Group Therapy programs.
Occupational Therapy  (OT)

Occupational therapists use play to facilitate improvements in a child’s occupations/jobs. 

 

Children have many “jobs” throughout the day, including daily living skills (brushing teeth, dressing, toileting, etc.), feeding, socializing, learning, and playing. 

 

Areas addressed by OT include: 

What is it?

What makes us different?

At Leaps and Bounds, we use a comprehensive play-based approach to facilitate changes in a child’s ability to complete his “occupations”.  

We specialize in assessing how the sensory systems impact abilities, and using sensory-integration based interventions to make improvements in various skills areas. 

Therapy is child-directed, therapist-guided “play” that stimulates the various sensory systems.  We strive to always assist families with finding solutions to the challenges they may be experiencing with their child.  This assistance may come from being connected with other parents, suggested readings, or referrals to other professionals.

Additionally, our therapists collaborate with teachers and other providers to ensure that skills are generalizing across different environments.

What to expect

After a thorough occupational therapy evaluation, the evaluating therapist will recommend a therapy program that is best suited to meet your child’s needs. Recommendations may include individual, group or intensive therapy options. 

 

We incorporate activities that are motivating to your child to make therapy fun and to facilitate progress. Intervention strategies for home will be recommended to expedite progress.

 
 
Speech/Language Therapy

What is it?

Speech and Language therapy addresses concerns with a child’s ability to communicate with others.

 

Speech is the ability to produce sounds for speaking.  Language is the use and understanding of words for communication.

 

Areas addressed by speech and language therapy include:

  • Apraxia

  • Articulation Disorders

  • Dysarthria

  • Dysfluency

  • Expressive Language Disorders

  • Receptive Language Disorders

  • Pragmatics

  • Social Skills

Speech and Language Pathologists at Leaps and Bounds use a variety of therapeutic techniques to improve your child’s sound production, language development, pragmatics, and oral motor skills. 

 

Our therapists use sensory-motor and play-based activities to enhance language development and to make therapy fun for your child.

 

What makes us different?

What to expect?

After a thorough speech and/or language evaluation, the evaluating therapist will recommend a therapy program that is best suited to meet your child’s needs. Recommendations may include individual, group or intensive therapy options. 

 

We incorporate activities that are motivating to your child to make therapy fun and to facilitate progress. Intervention strategies for home will be recommended to expedite progress.

 

 
Feeding Therapy

Feeding therapists work with families to address concerns with eating and mealtimes.  Eating is a significant part of our day so when a child is having difficulty in that area, it can create a lot of stress within a family. 

 

Feeding therapists can work with the family and child to create a more positive mealtime experience, as well as, increase the number of foods a child eats.

Reasons a child may need feeding therapy include:

  • Food range of fewer than 20 foods

  • Avoidance of all foods in specific texture or nutrition group

  • Parent reports that mealtime is stressful

  • Ongoing choking, gagging or vomiting at mealtime

  • History of eating and breathing coordination problems

  • Infant who shows distress, cries, or arches his back at most feedings

  • Inability to accept table foods by 12 months

  • Not weaned off baby foods by 16 months

What is it?

Feeding therapy is a complex practice and it takes time for children to develop skills and change their response to eating new foods.  We look at feeding from a comprehensive perspective, which includes the assessment of sensory perception, motor skills, and emotional/behavioral aspects related to feeding.

 

Our therapists receive ongoing training to continue to enhance their skills in these areas.  We use knowledge and resources from many different programs which allow us to customize our approach for families. Some of the programs include:

  • Kay Toomey (SOS Approach to Feeding)

  • Talk Tools (Oral Motor Placement Therapy/ Sensory Motor)

  • Beckman Oral Motor assessment and intervention

  • Get Permission Approach-Marsha Dunn Klein

What makes us different?

After a thorough occupational therapy evaluation, the evaluating therapist will recommend a therapy program that is best suited to meet your child’s needs. Recommendations may include individual, group or intensive therapy options. 

 

We incorporate activities that are motivating to your child to make therapy fun and to facilitate progress. Intervention strategies for home will be recommended to expedite progress.

What to expect

 
Intensive Therapy

What is it?

Occupational Therapy and Speech / Language Therapy intensives typically consist of one individual 60 or 90-minute session for five consecutive days. 

 

Intensive programming will be designed to fit your child & your family’s needs. Intensives offer an opportunity for your child to gain skills more rapidly than during a typical treatment program.

 

The intensive program is often utilized as an enhancement to a weekly therapy program.

What makes us different?

Our therapists’ extensive training allows us to incorporate the most effective strategies and elicit positive results in a shorter period of time.

 

Your child will engage in a variety of treatment strategies, including:

  • Interactive Metronome 

  • Therapeutic auditory programs

  • Visual-vestibular activities

  • Many more sensory-integrative strategies.

What to expect

Your child’s program will be developed to meet his specific needs and will work toward his specific goals. Results of an intensive therapy program may include improvement in the following areas:

  • Attention and regulation

  • Handwriting skills

  • Motor coordination

  • Speech

  • Language

  • More!

Click here to be re-directed to our 2019 Summer Programming flyer to see all of the current options being offered!

 
 

What is it?

What makes us different?

What to expect?

We offer week-long camps throughout the summer, as well as spring and fall breaks.  They are full day programs from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

These camps are a great option for children who struggle in large, traditional camp programs. They are week-long learning enrichment programs that are specifically designed by an occupational therapist, to meet our clients' needs. 

Camps incorporate therapeutic activities to address your child’s needs and include lessons incorporating:

  • Reading

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Routine-based schedules are utilized throughout each week.

 

  • Children are immersed in sensory-based activities throughout the day.

 

  • Strategies for self-regulation will be taught and utilized.

 

  • Camps incorporate the Social Thinking® curriculum to facilitate development of friendships.

Our camps are designed and led by skilled therapists and trained staff and are crafted to meet each child’s individual needs.

 

Our camps offer hands-on learning and sensory-based activities.  We utilize therapeutic strategies to facilitate a successful experience for each child.  

 

Since many of our clients become overwhelmed by excessive noise and other children, we limit the number of camp attendees to create an environment where your child can be successful.

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  • Kids will have opportunities to experience leadership roles, as appropriate.

 

  • Learning is experienced through fun, theme-based activities.

 

  • Sensory and learning strategies that were effective for each child will be recommended at the conclusion of camp.

Click here to be re-directed to our 2019 Summer Programming flyer to see all of the current options being offered!

Learning Enrichment Camps
  • Art

  • Handwriting

  • Math

  • Social Skills

  • Sensory

  • Handwriting

  • Feeding

Group Therapy

What is it?

Groups are therapy sessions that include 3 or more children with similar areas of concern.  

 

Benefits of a therapeutic groups can include peer modeling, specialized instruction, and a controlled environment for learning. It can also provide the opportunity to work on challenges that may not happen in a one-on-one session.

Being with a group of peers working on similar skills can also decrease stress and build confidence.

 

It is important to find a group that fits your child’s abilities while still appropriately challenging him. Regularly offered groups include, but are not limited to the following:

What makes us different?

Our groups have a core curriculum, consisting of clear expectations, and achievable goals. Each group curriculum is flexible enough to be adjusted for the needs of each unique group of children. 

We utilize our knowledge of each individual child, obtained through our evaluation process, to determine which group would be the best fit for your child. 

 

Our licensed therapists lead each group, with the assistance of our skilled therapy interns.  Multiple trained instructors can provide extra support in the group when needed.

  • Speech/Language

  • School Preparation

  • Reading

  • Bike Riding

  • An evaluation will be completed to allow us to get a comprehensive assessment of your child’s strengths and deficits. (There are some groups that do not require an evaluation.)

 

  • The evaluating therapist may determine that your child has some specific skills that should first be addressed through individual therapy in order to maximize the benefit of group therapy.  It may also be determined that completing individual therapy in combination with group therapy may be most beneficial.

 

  • Groups will utilize fun, play-based activities, as well as specific instruction, to develop skills.

 

  • Maximum benefit will be achieved with regular group attendance and when home program suggestions are completed.

Click here to be re-directed to our 2019 Summer Programming flyer to see all of the current options being offered!

What to expect