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life skills to promote self-management, independence, & mental wellness 

As adults, we often appear to function on auto-pilot within our daily roles and tasks. I believe it’s safe to say that we all need to learn and gain self-management skills to work independently at some point. Some adults might need to put forth more effort to maintain roles and complete similar tasks. Encountering stressors, life demands, and challenges make this gap more apparent.

What creates this gap?

- The ability to direct your thoughts, emotions, energy levels, and behavior/impulses (also known as self-regulation) or to adjust when faced with expectations, pressure, or obstacles.
- The ability to self-regulate so that you can access thinking and execution skills at an optimal level.
- These self-management skills are much-needed skills that extend from the teenage years into adulthood. These skills are primary to mental well-being and quality of life.

Do you want your teen to be able to cultivate those life skills earlier on? Do you want your teen to have the tools they need to navigate daily life?
Our goal is to educate and promote prevention. Caregivers will receive support to identify where teens are struggling. We value collaboration between caregivers and the service provider to develop client-centered solutions. We will break down abstract concepts so that teens will understand them and apply them to their lives at an early age.

Why is it important to teach these skills during the tween and teen years?

- Let teens know that they have our support

- This is the time when responsibilities and pressures increase at home, at school, and in the community

- The structure and changing structure of teen brains (to prepare for adulthood) limits their ability to readily and easily access these skills

- This is the period when learning is accelerated. That’s why teenagers can come up with potent ideas.

- According to National Alliance on Mental Illness, 50% of mental illness begins by age 14 and 75% by age 24

- Self-management skills are essential skills that support cognitive and mental well-being during teen years, young adulthood, and into the adult years

- Helps teens learn to make favorable decisions and navigate life’s challenges

- Tweens and teens can learn to see their potential, seize opportunities that will help them grow, and ultimately become adults who contribute.

- According to the World Health Organization (WHO)​:

  • Depression, anxiety, and behavioral disorders are among the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents.
  • Adolescence is crucial for developing social and emotional habits essential for mental well-being. These include adopting healthy sleep patterns, exercising regularly, developing coping, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills, and managing emotions. Protective and supportive environments in the family, school, and the wider community are crucial. Adolescent mental health
  • 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 specializes in life skills in self-regulation (emotions, thoughts, behavior), executive function (EF)/thinking, and doing skills within day-to-day life activities. We also use psychological principles and a wellness approach incorporating mental, physical, and social dimensions. 

  • Our therapeutic models strive to address the whole person and promote healthy interaction with the environment for successful participation in daily roles and routines. 

  • We hope to strengthen self-efficacy (belief in one's abilities to complete a task successfully - Albert Bandura).

  • We use a strengths-based approach that builds on existing individual and social strengths.

Occupational Therapy

- Serving pre-teens & teens with or without special needs ages 10-18
- OT Consultation and education online for parents and caregivers and 1:1 online training  & Workshops throughout Missouri
- 1:1 OT In-home or community services are available in
the following areas – Battlefield, Brookline, Willard, Mt. Vernon, Billings, Clever, Ozark, Nixa, Republic, Springfield, and Marionville.


Life & Health Coaching for Young adults (18-35) 


- Self-management

- Self-development

- Mental & physical wellness

- Transitions

- ADHD & High Functioning Autism support

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a health profession that helps people participate in and succeed 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 to promote physical and mental well-being.

Occupations are 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. Wellness is the ongoing effort or pursuit of a lifestyle that optimizes the mind and the body for everyday life. 

Benefits of services: 

1. Reach maximum independence

  2. Develop thinking and execution/doing skills to tackle tasks: self-awareness, self-monitoring, initiation, planning,

 time-management, organization, and goal-directed persistence

- Manage emotions and behavior for daily life/self-regulation: using adaptive skills

of attention, working memory, flexibility, and inhibition

- Manage emotions during times of stress

3. Successful participation in daily activities

4. Always learn, grow, and take healthy risks

5. Use thinking skills, emotions, and strengths for positive pursuits and goal setting

7. Promote mental wellness and physical activity

8. Stress management: coping skills & relaxation techniques

9. Healthy participation and enjoyment in daily life

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why choose brainwings?

Pre-teens and teens are moving towards independence in daily life: personal care, productivity (home, school, work, community), sleep/rest, leisure exploration, and health management.

Increased demands can be challenging. While some tweens and teens can handle and cope with demands, others might struggle. At BrainWings, we believe teens could benefit from support to juggle all these increasing responsibilities.  

  • We believe in intervention to improve EF skills and self-regulation (including emotional regulation), skills essential for participating and performing daily roles, routines, and coping with life demands.

  • We believe that mental wellness influences how we function in all other dimensions of wellness (emotional, physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, and environmental) and daily life activities.

  • We support movement or physical activity to enhance EF and daily life and self-regulation. Movement helps cope or deal with life stressors.

We are here to help and welcome the opportunity to work with your child and family.

              We can address concerns via online consult and training, or direct intervention. 

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We contacted Judith when we noticed our daughter starting to exhibit extreme emotional behaviors. Judith contacted me very quickly after my first inquiry and set up an appointment to meet with us soon after. We have been working with Judith for about for close to six months. She has worked tirelessly giving us ideas and resources we can use to help our daughter navigate her emotions and everyday school life. We have seen an improvement in our daughter since using Judith’s recommendations. We truly appreciate Judith and the time she had spent investing in our daughter and our family.