Frequently Asked Questions
How can I tell if my child needs to be evaluated?
Your physician, child's teacher, or yourself may notice specific cognitive or motor delays, behavior difficulties, or challenges with responding and tolerating sensory information (touch, sound, movement, etc.). Parents should discuss their concerns with their child's doctor or contact our office to speak with an occupational therapist regarding an evaluation. Parents may notice that their child is easily frustrated, has difficulty being calmed once upset, cannot tolerate changes in routine, or has frequent outbursts. If you are concerned about your child's growth and development of motor skills, self-care, or self-regulation please contact us to schedule an appointment.
What is Sensory Processing Disorder?
Sensory Processing Disorder is a neurological diagnosis that impacts the way that a person processes and integrates sensory information (touch, sight, sound, movement). A person can either be over-reactive or under-reactive to sensory information, they can either avoid the input or seek it out. Signs of sensory processing disorder include (but are not limited to): avoids clothing, does not like textures, picky eater, poor motor skills, core weakness, balance and coordination issues, behavioral issues, anxiety, communication difficulties, very active, overly rough, difficulty sitting still, is bothered by sounds, and visual difficulties.
Please browse our Services section to learn more about the diagnoses that we treat and therapeutic methods used.
Will my child 'grow out' of these difficulties? Should I wait for an evaluation?
No, please contact us for an appointment to evaluate your child's sensory, motor, and coordinative skills. Treatment from someone specialized in evaluating and treating these needs is the best way to treat the underlying cause of your child's challenges.
What role do parents and caregivers have in the therapy process?
Parents and caregivers are a very important part of the therapy process. We include caregivers in all of our evaluative and treatment sessions. Our therapists tailor a home program for each individual child and train caregivers to carry this out at home. No parent is ever left in the waiting room!
What ages do you treat?
We treat all ages from infancy through adulthood.
Does Leaps and Bounds Therapy accept insurance?
Yes, we will bill your insurance for you. At this time we are contracted with NYS Medicaid, TriCare, Fidelis, Blue Cross Blue Shield, NYS Empire, Medicare, and United HealthCare Commercial and Community Plans. If your plan has out-of-network benefits then we will can bill that way. Please call the office to discuss your individual insurance needs.
Do I need a referral to receive Occupational and Speech Therapy Services?
Yes, you will need a referral from your child’s primary care physician or from a specialty doctor, such as a pediatrician, neurologist, psychiatrist, etc. in order to process for insurance billing purposes. We accept referrals from parents and caregivers for children, please call the office for more information.