Hi, I'm Lea
Keating, founder of Sensory Street Kids. When my first son, Cole, was
diagnosed with speech and cognitive delays at 16 months old, I set
out to learn all I could about Early Intervention and how best to
help Cole learn and thrive. We were blessed to be working with wonderful
teachers and therapists, but Cole's frustration was growing and
progress was slow. As a parent I needed to know that I was doing
everything I could to help him succeed.
recognized characteristics in Cole that were similar to her son
and told me about Sensory Processing Disorder and its effect on
inhibiting learning. I first read The Out-Of-Sync Child by Carol
Stock Kranowitz. Her explanation of the disorder made so much sense.
Throwing myself into research was therapy for me, and I went on
to devour Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration, Raising
a Sensory Smart Child, and Engaging Autism: Using the Floortime
Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think by Dr.
We began incorporating
sensory integration activities into Cole's daily routine and were
thrilled to see dramatic results in the way he learned. Finally
some Hope. It was as if a lightbulb had turned on. My little boy
was talking! I realized that combining these sensory activities
with a developmental approach to learning was not only successful,
but really fun too. We were finally ready to join into social situations
and start having some playdates.
and searched for a play group that was both fun AND addressed Cole's
social and educational goals. I was so disappointed when I couldn't
find anything appropriate for my child. Time after time we walked
out of gym or music classes with both of us in tears. Thats when
I started a new approach. I decided to put together a team of professionals
who could collaborate to develop a curriculum that would create
a really fun music and movement class designed specifically for
little ones with developmental delays. We began to invite friends'
children (both special needs and typically developing) to join our
classes and the support was overwhelming. We were addressing specific
therapeutic goals while playing and laughing. The parents felt supported
and the kids were having a grand old time. I learned a lot in those
first few months, but mostly that I was not alone in this journey.
It is my sincere hope and dream that parents and kids everywhere
feel like they have a place where they belong.
Street Kids advisory board now consists of a Speech Language Pathologist,
an Occupational Therapist, a Special Educator, a children's Librarian,
an Adaptive Physical Education Teacher, a Movement Therapist and
a Music Therapist. Together we collaborate to build a well rounded,
multi-disciplinary (and super fun!) curriculum. We always welcome
parents' and kids' input, and many of our current songs and activities
are inspired by SSK families.
We have worked
on Sensory Street Kids for the past 3 years in order to bring you
what I consider to be the best (and possibly only) sensory based
language/music classes available. I welcome you to join us and see
for yourself ... Sing and Play the Sensory Way!