Do you have a “sensory” kid?
Occupational therapy or “OT” can help your child with…
Fine motor skills
Strength and Endurance
Handwriting legibility and productivity
Sensory processing challenges, sensory integration and strategies
Learning emotional control and how to self-regulate
Attention, following directions and problem solving
Getting ready for Kindergarten
Feeding with sensory based focus
Self-help and living skills
“Once my son started at Stepping Stones, it became apparent that there was much more going on that I didn’t even know OT helped with. Things like being able to pay attention, get started with his work, staying focused and not have major melt-downs when he thought something was too hard. Plus, I really appreciated my therapist sharing her perspective with his teachers because I was afraid they would label him as lazy, lacking motivation or avoidably distracted. I am feeling so much better now about his future and how to help him with the challenges that are getting in the way. Thanks in great part to our therapist and her wonderful attitude that makes me feel so welcomed as a partner in my son’s success!”
Need handwriting help?
Does your child struggle with…?
Hand fatigue during writing tasks
Disinterest or frustration during coloring and written work
Holding a pencil correctly
Sizing and spacing of letters
Staying on the lines
Copying from the board
Therapeutic Handwriting Services
We help your child’s writing become more automatic to be able to write those great ideas without having to think about how to form the letters!
“When we started at Stepping Stones, Grace was 8 and needed help with handwriting, core strength and coordination. Her OT did a super job of assessing the situation and immediately started a program that specifically addressed Grace’s needs. One aspect that makes all the difference in the world to Grace is the personal connection and loving, interactive way people work with her. Grace’s therapist is very engaging and caring about what is going on with Grace, not only in the clinic, but out of the clinic as well. She is always asking Grace about her week and how “xyz” went the week before. Grace feels very cared for and looks up to ”her OT”. which is the ideal role modeling she needs. Overall I’m extremely satisfied with Stepping Stones and the entire staff.”
Sensory integration is a concept that describes the process of receiving and organizing sensory information from our bodies and the environment. Difficulties related to how a child processes sensory input (smell, taste, temperature, texture and appearance) can have a serious impact on eating patterns and behaviors.
Our feeding therapy program serves children who display any or all of the following sensory-based behaviors:
Avoids certain foods based on textures or colors
Eats less than 15 foods
Refuses entire food groups
Has behavioral challenges or meltdowns at meals
Expectations for a successful parent partnership during a feeding program
To make your child’s feeding session as personalized as possible, we ask that you bring in the following to each weekly session:
- One preferred food item
- One non-preferred food item
- One variable food item
- Alternate the types of foods that you bring in each week, and we will collaborate with selecting different textures and foods to bring in based on your set of values and priorities.
We offer parents support for mealtime routines at home to encourage a positive experience with food for all members of the family.
“The team at Stepping Stones is really amazing – I have so enjoyed working with Jessica. She has been thorough, accommodating and right on with her suggestions. I know we have a lot more work to do, but we have a much better understanding of what is going on with our son. I can’t thank her enough for opening our eyes to what he has been experiencing. It helps us to be more patient as well.”
What to expect during a mealtime treatment session
Did you know that there are 29 steps to eating? During a mealtime treatment session, the use of sensory-rich activities prior to and during eating will be incorporated to promote mealtime success. Your child will be encouraged to smell, touch and play with foods in efforts to develop a readiness to tolerate different types of foods. Any contact with food is a step in the right direction! Eating is aimed to be a pleasurable and fun experience, as foods will be progressively introduced into your child’s diet. Developing new eating skills is a process that will take time and practice in therapy and at home.
If your child is an extremely picky eater or a problem feeder, we can help.
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A message from the clinic director.
“Occupational therapy is part art and part science, and we’ve discovered that our therapist is great at both! Always cheerful, our OT guides my ten-year-old son and keeps him working towards his self-regulation and handwriting goals. She works closely with me as well, providing really useful ideas for us to try at home. My son loves his OT visits. He works really hard on virtually anything that his OT asks him to do and has made terrific progress!”
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At Stepping Stones Therapy Network we are an equal opportunity employer. We are always accepting resumes from experienced therapists. Excellent pay with job flexibility including part time and Saturday work available. Fax or send resumes to our office directly.
Forest Office Park
14715 Bel-Red Road
Building G, Suite 104
Bellevue, WA 98007