Jenny went above and beyond to help my son. She believed in him and fought to get him the maximum assistance he could get. It doesn't matter where your kid is, Jenny will meet them where they are and support them to be their best.
— Jen, Zach's mom
what is occupational therapy?
Occupational Therapy is a health profession that helps people improve the functioning of their nervous systems in order to develop skills, leading to success in everyday life.
Occupational Therapy helps children develop the basic sensory and motor components which influence learning and behavior, such as body awareness, coordinating two sides of the body, fine motor control and organization, motor planning, motor movements and coordination, gross motor coordination, ocular motor skills, and visual perceptual skills.
who needs occupational therapy?
The need for occupational therapy often arises as a result of a physical disability or a sensory processing disorder. You might notice that your child has trouble doing age-appropriate tasks such as buttoning his shirt, tracing letters, catching a ball, or tying his shoes. Some children may be able to do age-appropriate tasks, but have a hard time because of sensory processing. If your child avoids movement, hates messy/dirty hands, covers their ears with loud noises, seems like the ‘wild child’ who can never calm, can’t handle tags and seams on clothes, or demonstrates delays with things their peers can do, schedule an evaluation today.
how does occupational therapy work?
A child’s occupation is play, and occupational therapy relies a lot upon fun, enjoyable activities that help your child target their challenge areas. Activities are designed by our therapist to develop motor skills, strength, self-care skills, and processing of sensory information. Treatment takes place in our awesome therapy gym where we can use swings, our zip line, climbing wall, and crash pit to help make lasting changes in the way your child’s brain works. We make work look like play, and we make it look FUN.
what is feeding therapy?
Simply put, feeding therapy helps your child learn how to eat, or how to eat better. We design our therapy around the SOS feeding program developed at the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder in Denver, CO. The approach is grounded philosophically in the stages and skills of feeding/eating found throughout the continuum of child development. This therapy serves children with food aversions, swallowing disorders, oral motor deficits, and delayed feeding development that can result in a lack of nutritional nourishment.
who needs feeding therapy?
Generally speaking, feeding therapy is strongly recommended and extremely helpful when your child is having difficulty with actually eating. If your child can’t eat, won’t eat, or isn’t getting proper nutrition due to a very limited diet, we can help.
how does it work?
One of the most important components of feeding therapy is YOU, the parent. We involve and support your entire family through the process. The SOS Approach to Feeding is a Play-Based program that teaches children to eat at a pace that respects their readiness to progress through learning the 32 different steps involved in the task of eating. Our therapists teach kids the skills they need in order to eat a wide variety of food types and textures using the natural, social reinforcement of playing with the food and interacting with adults. We take the stress out of eating and make it fun!
why is handwriting important?
Today’s elementary classroom has students producing more written work than ever before. To succeed with all of their written assignments, students need to master all the foundational skills of written production. A survey of K–5 teachers found that elementary students spend up to 58 percent of their classroom instruction time writing on paper. That’s over half of your child’s learning time where they are required to write!
Studies have estimated that between 10 to 30 percent of elementary school children struggle with handwriting (Brown 2018). Research literature extensively documents the consequences of poor handwriting on academic performance. Handwriting matters, even in this digital age. Don’t let difficulty with handwriting impact their education. We can help!
who needs handwriting help?
Is it a battlefield in your house every afternoon when homework time rolls around? Does your child finish their work, but don’t make the grades because the teacher can’t read it? Poor handwriting might be holding your kiddo back when they could be at the top of their class. Kids who need Handwriting Help might display some of the following:
how do we help?
We are the experts! With over a decade of specialized care for children and extensive training to become a handwriting specialist, we know what it takes to put pencil to paper and have it turn out well. We utilize a nationally recognized learning system to address pre-handwriting skills, print strategies, and cursive letter formation. Handwriting Without Tears is a proven success in preparing children for the demands of school and we promise, it really is fun!
At Little Light, your child will receive a comprehensive handwriting assessment where we’ll determine the most appropriate intervention to guide their success. Handwriting Help is tailored individually to build confidence and to provide children with an advantage in the classroom.
Messy, sloppy handwriting
Oversized letters or poor spacing
Very heavy or very light pressure
Complaints of hand pain with writing
Reversals or mirroring letters
Slow speed or task avoidance
You know your child has the potential, but they never seem to shine as brightly as you know they can. With 1 on 1 Skills Enrichment programs, we empower kids to master challenge areas and boost the confidence they need.
who needs skills enrichment?
If you have noticed your child having difficulty with balance, coordination, sensory processing, or even behavior management, your family could benefit from setting up a skills enrichment program. Some kids are struggling to catch fly balls on the baseball field or even coordinating their body for participation in PE. For others, it’s a struggle to tolerate art class because the paint and clay on their hands is holding back their potential to create something beautiful.
how does it work?
Since we’re experts on how children develop, it’s easy! We sit down with you to figure out where your kiddo is facing challenging situations, set target areas for growth, and apply our knowledge and wisdom to some serious fun. After an initial assessment session, we’ll design activities for your child that will be challenging enough to build their skills but structured for their success. Your kid will have a great time each session and will gain skills, confidence, and strategies to use outside of our gym.
With over 15 years of experience in pediatrics, extensive training in behavior management, parenting strategies, sensory processing, and childhood development, Little Light is the trusted advisor you need.
who can you help?
We are passionate about helping and educating, families and community members alike. Most people who sign up for consultation services are parents or family members looking for a way to help the child they love. We help with behavior management, parenting strategies, developing sensory diets, homework battles, home environment consultations, and more. If you are feeling like your child might not be developing as they should, we also provide developmental screenings, to put your mind at ease or to connect you with the right resources for getting your back child on track.
what do you do?
You bring us your problem, and we work with you to find a solution that fits your family’s needs. You can schedule time with us for a phone consultation, and we will walk through this together. If you like talking face-to-face (we do!), we’ll schedule a time for you to come to Downtown Longview to our clinic. We can sit down with a warm cup of coffee and work through solutions for your challenge. Either way, when we end our conversation, you’ll feel ready to face your challenge head on, and make a change for the better for your sweet kiddo.
i'm not a parent...can you help me?
Absolutely! We love partnering with teachers and community members. Whether you are looking for someone to be a presenter for inservices, needing classroom strategies, or seeking advice...we would love to help!