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 specializes in functional life skills in the areas of self-regulation (emotions, thoughts, behavior), executive function (EF)/thinking skills, coping skills, and social skils 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 therapeutic services: movement/physical activity that support overall 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.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO)
Globally, one in seven 10-19-year-olds experiences a mental disorder, accounting for 13% of the global burden of disease in this age group
Depression, anxiety and behavioral disorders are among the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents
Adolescence is a crucial period for developing social and emotional habits important for mental well-being. These include adopting healthy sleep patterns; exercising regularly; developing coping, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills; and learning to manage emotions. Protective and supportive environments in the family, at school and in the wider community are important. Adolescent mental health
Benefits of services:
1. Reach maximum independence
2. Develop thinking skills to tackle tasks: self-awareness, initiation, planning,
time-management, and organization
- Manage attention, emotions, and behavior for daily life/self-regulation: using thinking skills
of working memory, 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. Form and maintain healthy relationships
6. Use thinking skills, emotions, and strengths for positive pursuits and goal setting
7. Promote physical activity
8. Stress management: coping skills & relaxation techniques
9. Promote mental wellness
10. Healthy participation and enjoyment in daily life
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.