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

As adults, we often appear to function at an automatic level within our daily roles and tasks. I believe it’s safe to say that at some point, we all needed to learn and gain self-management skills in order to function independently. Some adults might need to put forth more or significant effort to maintain roles and complete similar tasks. This gap in functioning can become apparent when stressors, life demands, and challenges are encountered.

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 self-management/life skills earlier on? Do you want your teen to have the tools he/she needs to be able to navigate daily life?

Our goal is to educate and promote prevention. Caregivers will receive support to identify where teens are struggling. Collaboration between caregivers and the service provider is valued in order to come up with client-centered solutions. Teens will understand these abstract concepts in a simple way so that they can practically 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 period of 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 of time that learning is accelerated. That’s why teenagers can come up with potent and powerful 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 mental well-being during teen years, young adulthood, and into the adult years

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

- Tweens and teens can learn to see their potential, seize opportunities that will help them grow, and contribute to society

  • 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 the areas of self-regulation (emotions, thoughts, behavior), executive function (EF)/thinking skills, and coping 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 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. 

Benefits of services: 

1. Reach maximum independence

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

 time-management, organization, and goal-directed persistence

- Manage attention, emotions, and behavior for daily life/self-regulation: using adaptive 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. 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 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 and self-regulation (including emotional regulation); 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.

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

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

Areas we address: ​

1. Self-care ​

2. Productivity​

  • Meal preparation, chores/home management, and homework/study skills

  • Shopping and vocational skills

3. Leisure exploration or personal interests

4. Rest/sleep​

5. Healthy self-management 

  • Regulation & Coping skills

  • Thinking/Executive function (EF) skills

  • Physical activity/movement

              Concerns can be addressed via consult or direct intervention. 

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