life skills to promote self-management, independence, & mental wellness
BrainWings, LLC is Christian-owned and is an integrative practice that combines skilled Occupational Therapy (OT) and a wellness or preventive approach that always addresses optimal well-being.
Our integrative approach addresses functional life skills in the areas of emotional & self-regulation, executive function (EF)/thinking skills, coping skills, and social skills within day-to-day life activities.
We also use psychological principles and a wellness approach that incorporates mental, physical, and social dimensions.
Our therapeutic models strive to address the whole person and to promote healthy interaction with the environment, for successful participation in daily roles and routines.
Our hope is that self-efficacy (belief in one's abilities to complete a task successfully - Albert Bandura) is also strengthened.
We use a strengths-based approach that builds on existing individual and social strengths
- Serving teens with or without special needs ages 10-19 in Missouri
- Consultation and education online for parents and caregivers throughout Missouri
- In-home or community services. We serve the following areas – Battlefield, Brookline, Willard, Mt. Vernon, Billings, Clever, Ozark, Nixa, Republic, Springfield, and Marionville.
- Other non-OT services: movement and physical activity that support physical and mental well-being
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a health profession that helps people to participate in and achieve success in daily activities in their home, school environment, work, and community. Occupational Therapists use their expertise to help people gain the functional skills they need for improved independence and quality of life.
OTs use meaningful activities to help children and youth participate in what they need to do or want to do in order to promote physical and mental well-being.
Occupations are defined as the day-to-day life activities that bring meaning and purpose.
Life Skills are "the abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life." - World Health Organization (WHO)
What is Wellness?
Wellness is not just physical health or the absence of disease. It is the ongoing effort or pursuit of a lifestyle the brings about optimal functioning in the mind and the body for everyday life.
Benefits of services:
1. Reach maximum independence
2. Develop thinking skills to tackle tasks: self-awareness, working memory, planning,
time-management, and organization
- Manage attention, emotions, behavior, and actions for daily life: self-regulation, initiation,
flexibility, and inhibition
- Manage emotions during times of stress
3. Meaningful and purposeful participation in daily activities
4. Always learn, grow, and take healthy risks
5. Improve social skills
6. Form and maintain healthy relationships
7. Use thinking skills, emotions, and strengths for positive pursuits and goal setting
8. Promote physical activity
9. Healthy participation and enjoyment in daily life
10. Promote mental wellness
why choose brainwings?
Pre-teens and teens are moving towards independence in many areas of daily life: self-care, productivity (home, school, work, community), sleep/rest, leisure exploration, and health management
Increased demands can be challenging. While some tweens and teens are able to handle and cope with demands, (also referred to as psychosocial skills), others might struggle. At BrainWings, we believe that teens could benefit from support in order to be able to juggle all these increasing responsibilities.
We believe in intervention to improve EF skills, self-regulation (including emotional regulation), and social skills; skills that are essential for participating and performing daily roles and routines, and the ability to cope with life demands.
We believe that mental wellness influences how we are able to function in all other dimensions of wellness (emotional, physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, and environmental) and in daily life activities.
We support movement or physical activity as they enhance EF and self-regulation for daily life, and health. We believe that movement/physical activity can be used as a way to cope or deal with life stressors.
We are here to help and welcome the opportunity to work with your child and family.
Areas we address:
Meal preparation, chores/home management, and homework/study skills
Shopping and vocational skills
3. Leisure exploration or personal interests
5. Healthy self-management
Social and coping skills
Thinking/Executive function (EF) skills
Concerns can be addressed via consult or direct intervention.